Koeman expects to stay at Southampton

13 May

Martinez and Koeman

Ronald Koeman is among the managers linked with succeeding Roberto Martinez.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman expects to see out his contract at the club, despite being linked with the vacant managerial role at Everton.

The Dutchman, 53, joined the Saints in 2014 and is under contract at St Mary’s until the summer of 2017.

Asked if he expects to stay at Southampton, Koeman replied “yes” to reporters at a news conference.

Koeman’s compatriot Frank de Boer is currently favourite to succeed Roberto Martinez, who was sacked on Thursday.

“I am manager of Southampton,” Koeman said. “Everyone knows I have one year more on my contract.

“We will sit together, analyse this season and talk about the future. That’s what the news is today.”

Valencia head coach Unai Emery, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes, Newcastle’s Rafael Benitez and Manchester City’s departing manager Manuel Pellegrini have all been linked with the Goodison Park vacancy.

De Boer – who recently left Ajax – has courted a move to England before with both Tottenham and Liverpool.

Koeman has achieved a 48% win percentage at Southampton, guiding them to eighth place in 2014-15, his first season in charge.

They could finish as high as fifth this term with if they win their final game of the season at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday and other results go their way.

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