English Premiership

Koeman staying at the Saints

2015-10-15 17:54
Ronald Koeman (Getty Images)

London - There was good and bad news for Southampton fans on Thursday with manager Ronald Koeman again distancing himself from talk of him becoming coach of the Netherlands but Shane Long facing up to a month out with ankle ligament damage.

The injury, sustained when he was playing for Ireland in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on Sunday, means he is doubtful for Ireland's Euro 2016 play-offs next month.

Koeman said the striker, who scored with a spectacular shot when Ireland beat world champions Germany 1-0 last week, is facing two to four weeks on the sidelines.

Speaking to reporters before Southampton face Leicester City on Saturday, he added: "The Shane injury is a disappointment. It's an ankle ligament injury and he will be out for two to four weeks."

With the Dutch failing to qualify for the Euros after a 3-2 home defeat by the Czech Republic on Tuesday, Koeman could be the man to revitalise the side if current boss Danny Blind is sacked or quits.

But he appeared to dash any Dutch hopes of an immediate return when he was asked about his future.

"I am the manager of Southampton and I'd like to stay. After this year I have one more season left on my contract so there is no possibility," he said.

"One day maybe in the future -- but it depends on a lot of things and about what happens in Holland."

He also implied he did not think the Dutch were going to get back to the heights they have touched over the last 40 years, like reaching the World Cup final in 2010 and finishing third in Brazil last year.

"The competition in Holland is not the best one, it is a good school for young boys but they are still not ready for the highest level. It is difficult and we have to change but it is not up to me," he said.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 20 January 2018
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea, The American Express Community Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v West Bromwich Albion, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Watford, King Power Stadium 17:00
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth, London Stadium 17:00
Burnley v Manchester United, Turf Moor 17:00
Manchester City v Newcastle United, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
Monday, 22 January 2018
Swansea City v Liverpool, Liberty Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.