There is a report in the Sunday People that Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is on the short-list at Newcastle United for their head coach position.
Ronald Koeman – impressive Southampton coach
Derby boss Steve McClaren is still the favorite on SkyBet a 2-1 to take over in the summer, but that is dependent on Derby County not getting promoted.
And the Championship leaders lost 2-0 at Fulham today, as did second top Middlesbrough who lost 2-0 at Hillsborough.
There’s no doubt Koeman has done a great job at Southampton this season, and according to the People he is now a major contender for the Newcastle job.
Koeman is contracted to the Saints, and it would cost Newcastle £2M in compensation to get him – but we wonder if he would want to leave Southampton for Newcastle?
Southampton is an excellent club whose Youth Academy has worked wonders for many years, and their target is to have 50% of their future squads come from their Academy.
And even though they sold about six of their top players last summer, they are still in 5th in the Premier League place after losing 1-0 at West Brom today.
They also have European ambitions, which cannot be said of the present day Newcastle.
The Saints are one of the best run clubs in England, and we have our doubts about whether Koeman would want to leave the south coast club for Newcastle United.
However, being a continental coach who was at Feyenoord for three seasons before joining Southampton last summer, he would be able to work within the (many) constraints at Newcastle.
But John Carver is still the cheap and easy option, and the way the club is run these days, John Carver still has a chance of taking over at Newcastle, even if his record is not too good.
John could always claim he didn’t have a strong squad, since many of our players are out injured and not available in the run-in, and Frenchman Massadio Haidara was carried off on a stretcher today in the 1-0 home win against Aston Villa.
We suppose it’s possible the Saints could lose their second manager in a year, after they lost Mauricio Pochettino last summer to Spurs.
And Southampton also scout coaches as well as players – so they would know which coaches they would go after if Ronald did leave.
Newcastle could learn a lot from the way Southampton are run as a club.
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