Under-pressure Southampton manager Ronald Koeman insists he does not fear the sack at St Mary’s – but admits he’s under pressure to improve recent results.
Southampton’s season has descended into a dogfight after five defeats and a draw in their last six matches in all competitions left them down in 12th, but only six points off the relegation zone.
Koeman was a big climber in this week’s Sack Race, which is being led by Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, but fellow Dutchman Koeman concedes he must reverse Saints’ fortunes quickly to safeguard his long-term future at the club.
The 52-year-old insisted he does not fear the sack however, even though he knows that would eventually be the consequence of continued poor form.
“It’s all about results,” said Koeman, ahead of Saints’ home Boxing Day clash with Arsenal.
“(Mauricio) Pochettino did a great job, then Ronald Koeman did a great job last year.
“Every manager is under pressure.
“If you sack (former Chelsea boss Jose) Mourinho, if you sack (Garry) Monk from Swansea – then we know.
“It’s all about the philosophy of the club, the chairman, and the board.
“It’s still quiet in Southampton but maybe in one month it can be different.
“We know if you are a long time in football what can happen and I’m not worried about that.
“If it happens, it happens.
“I do my job, I do my best for the club and do what I have to do, and nothing else.
“I am of course worried, because it’s a bad run.”