Southampton present Koeman with five-year plan

Date published: Tuesday 29th March 2016 10:46

Ronald Koeman: Perfect run for Leicester

Southampton have spoken with manager Ronald Koeman about their five-year plan ahead of contract talks to secure the Dutchman’s long term future at the club.

Koeman agreed a three-year deal at the club when he replaced Mauricio Pochettino in 2014 and led the Saints to their highest ever Premier League finish of seventh in his debut season.

Southampton are currently seventh in the Premier League and are on course to potentially even better their record position, with fourth placed Manchester City only four points ahead.

Koeman’s current deal at St Mary’s runs into its final year next season, and with Southampton pushing for Champions League football the club clearly want him to stay.

The Saints will take encouragement from the likes of Leicester City and Tottenham who have broken the dominance of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to emerge as the two surprise front runners for the Premier League title.

With the new broadcasting deal kicking in next season, the opportunity for more teams to break the previously established elite in the top flight is becoming more realistic, and Koeman has previously indicated that he wants to keep his best players at the club or see profit from sales reinvested in his squad.

Considering the departures of a host of high profile players including Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin and Luke Shaw, Koeman has done a fantastic job at the club and still faces a task in order to keep highly sought-after stars at the club.

Sadio Mane, Victor Wanyama and Graziano Pelle have all been linked with moves away from the club, but Koeman fought off several other top flight clubs to secure the signature of Charlie Austin in January.

A poor run of form last December saw the Saints go into Christmas with just one win in five games, and the Dutchman admitted that his job was under pressure.

But a dramatic turnaround has seen the Saints challenging at the top end of the Premier League, and now Southampton want to secure his long-term future after regular meetings with executive director Les Reed and chairman Ralph Krueger.

Talks will not begin until summer, but with other top-flight clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United appearing to look elsewhere in their search for a new manager, all parties are understood to be relaxed about the situation.

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