Revealed: 58% of Southampton fans would take controversial 5ft 11in man back at St Mary's

- Former Southampton manager Ronald Koeman congratulated his former club via his official Twitter account last week after they all-but secured their spot in the Premier League next season with a crucial 1-0 win against Swansea City, and Saints fans were quick to react to the post. The south coast outfit finished seventh and sixth respectively – qualifying for the Europa League on both occasions – during the Dutchman’s two-year spell at St Mary’s, with the club playing brilliant football thanks to the likes of Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle. However, the 5ft 11in tall boss left for Everton in controversial circumstances at the end of the 2015/16 campaign with Southampton believing they he joined the Merseyside outfit because of the better financial package on offer, rather than seeing out the year he still had left on his contract with them like he said he would previously. The club are now set to appoint the man that rescued them from relegation this term – Mark Hughes – on a long-term deal, but we decided to ask Saints fans to vote on our poll to see whether they would consider taking Koeman back in the future. A majority 58% said they would, and despite the acrimonious way in which he left St Mary’s the fans haven’t forgotten the decline under Claude Puel and Mauricio Pellegrino since, and it is no real surprise that they would consider taking the current Netherlands boss back considering the success they enjoyed under his tutelage.


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