Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, who has seen his name floated for a number of jobs around the Premier League – most notably at Everton with the departure of Roberto Martinez – has played his cards very close to his chest.
In his prematch press conference, he fielded a number of questions about his future and about where he could possibly end up at the conclusion of this season, and he insisted he will discuss the future with his current club before anything else.
“I am manager of Southampton,” Koeman said emphatically. “I mentioned last week, everybody knows I have one year more [on my] contract. What I mentioned last week, when I got the same question about my future – we will sit together and we will analyze the season, and we will talk about the future. ”
When asked directly if his future is at Southampton, Koeman just said, “Yes.”
“It’s good news that the club [wants] to continue, because that means the club is happy about our work together as the technical staff, and the players there is a very good understanding between the manager and the players. And that’s good, because it’s important to continue, and ok let’s do our job this weekend, there is time enough next week before I go on holiday to talk about the future of our club.”
Koeman surely isn’t the only name to surface for the Everton opening. Recently departed Ajax manager Frank de Boer is the frontrunner at the moment, with Mark Hughes, Manuel Pellegrini, Unai Emery, and Rafa Benitez all mentioned as possibilities given the various states of their respective tenures.
The Dutchman has steadied the ship at Southampton in a way the club could only have dreamed of a few years ago. Despite countless departures of players plus having taken over for beloved Mauricio Pochettino, the club has trended upwards each of its years in the Premier League since promotion in 2012. While Pochettino built the base, Koeman has brought the club to the next level despite plenty of squad turnover, as is often such when a club performs as Southampton has.
You can watch the video clip from his press conference here.