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Koeman: I couldn’t turn Saints down

By Robert Jones

Southampton have appointed Ronald Koeman as manager on a three-year contract.

Koeman replaces Mauricio Pochettino, who left for Tottenham after guiding Southampton to eighth in the Premier League last season.

The former Dutch international is joined at St Mary's by his older brother Erwin, who has been named assistant first team manager and Jan Kluitenberg, who will be an assistant and fitness coach.

Koeman said: “I am thrilled to be the manager of Southampton Football Club.

“From my very first meeting with (executive director) Les Reed, I could see clearly that this was the right club for me.

“We share the same philosophy of football and the same belief in how to develop the club.

“Southampton have a talented first-team squad, a world-class academy and the infrastructure to sustain success in the Premier League.

“The opportunity to continue the development of this famous football club was simply too good to turn down. I cannot wait to get started.”

Koeman resigned from his previous post at Feyenoord last month having led the team to second, third and second during his three years at the club.

The 51-year-old has won the Dutch title with both Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, Copa del Rey at Valencia and coached Vitesse, Benfica and AZ Alkmaar during a 14-year managerial career.

  •  Sunderland have completed the signing of former Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet swooped for the 27-year-old Romanian, whose contract was not renewed by City at the end of the season.

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