Report: Southampton unveil long-term plan in aim to keep Koeman

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It has been reported my multiple outlets in the UK that Southampton has put together a five-year plan to persuade Ronald Koeman to stay St Mary’s.

Koeman, 53, has just over 12 months left on his initial three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2014.

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Last season the Dutch coach led Saints to their best-ever Premier League finish of seventh place, which resulted in Europa League qualification, and has them in seventh this season with seven games to go.

Koeman has impressed many with his straight-forward talking and he has delivered an attractive style at Southampton despite losing key players over the past two summers. He has been allowed to reinvest plenty of the cash brought in by the sales of Morgan Schneiderlin, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and others, but at times he does seem frustrated about trying to take Saints to the next level of pushing for a UEFA Champions League spot.

According to the reports, Koeman will sit down with Southampton this summer for contract talks and go over the plan with executive director Les Reed and chairman Ralph Krueger and Koeman is expected to find out exactly how much he will have to spend in the coming years.

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His name has been linked with plenty of big jobs in England and abroad due to his recent success at Southampton, but it remains to be seen if he and his staff see a bright future ahead at St Mary’s.

Here is more about the specifics of the detailed blueprint from Jeremy Wilson and the Telegraph:

The new broadcast deal should make it even more feasible next season for other traditional outsiders like Southampton to challenge the established order and Koeman has indicated that he wants to keep his best players or see the profit from sales reinvested in the squad. His achievements are magnified in recent years by the departures of many first-team players but he knows that there will be strong interest this summer in Sadio Mane, Victor Wanyama, Graziano Pelle and Virgil Van Dijk. Koeman, though, was backed in January to sign Charlie Austin amid offers from six other Premier League clubs and the club have outlined their long-term planning to him during regular meetings with executive director Les Reed and chairman Ralph Krueger.