Southampton’s Koeman calls winter World Cup wrong, quips “Maybe I’ll be English manager”


Southampton manager Ronald Koeman called the idea of a winter World Cup “a little bit wrong” before joking that he could be the manager of the English team by the time the tournament arrives in Qatar.

Reports have said the move of the tournament to late 2021 is all but official, with a tentative World Cup final date of Dec. 23 (What a holiday season that would be!).

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And Koeman, like many of us, thinks it’s a little wild to keep talking about 2022. There is, after all, another tournament in Russia in 2018 to consider.

From the BBC:

“It’s a little bit wrong and strange to play World Cup during a football season. but it’s not my problem. It is 2022 and it’s a long time away. Life goes fast but not so fast that we have to think about it.”

When told he could be the Netherlands manager in 2022, the Dutchman quipped, “”Maybe. Or maybe I’ll be English manager.”

Surely current England boss Roy Hodgson had a laugh about that one.

As for the winter World Cup, does it feel “a little bit wrong” to you? Gotta be honest with you with a selfish revelation: I’ve got a lot less on my entertainment plate for the winter and would welcome the switch. I can find plenty more to do in the summer!