Southampton detail five-year plan to Ronald Koeman

The club's board seem to have a clear vision as to where they expect to see progress made in the coming years

Southampton detail five-year plan to Ronald Koeman
Southampton are looking to the future with Ronald Koeman | Photo: Daily Echo

Southampton's board have in the past couple of days been speaking to first team manager Ronald Koeman to outline their latest five-year plan for the club, according to the Daily Mail.

The Saints hierarchy have also reportedly been opening discussions on a new deal for the Dutchman as his current contract expires at the end of next season.

Koeman has taken Southampton up a level

Koeman joined the Saints in the summer of 2014 when the club looked in a real trouble as they had lost a host of key first-team players including Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, but under Koeman's guidance the South Coast side earned a seventh-placed finish in his first season.

In the process, the Dutchman also helped achieve the club's highest ever finish in terms of both position and points.

Last summer the club once again lost some key players as Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schniederlin made big moves to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, whilst on-loan defender Toby Alderweireld elected to join Tottenham Hotspur instead of the Saints.

Koeman didn't let this unsettle him as he brought in a number of high-quality replacements including Virgil Van Dijk and Jordy Clasie, and thus far the club are matching last season's efforts as they sit in seventh place ahead of the final seven matches of the season.

Saints look to show long-term ambition

If the club were to sign up their current boss on a long-term contract, it would be a statement of intent for Southampton to be challenging with the top teams on a more consistent, long-term basis, something likely to be outlined in the five-year plan.

It seems the reason for the club stepping up their efforts to pen down the Dutchman is a worry that the talented manager could attract the attentions of a larger club, leaving the Saints in much the same situation they were in prior to his arrival.

Mauricio Pochettino's exit in 2014 threatened to leave Southampton in crisis | Photo: Telegraph
Mauricio Pochettino's exit in 2014 threatened to leave Southampton in crisis | Photo: Telegraph

Koeman himself, however, has been saying that now isn't the time to worry about contract negotiations, insisting that it would be left until the end of the season. "I’m still only on my second season," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "It’s too early to make conclusions or to talk about the future."

He went on to ask for patience to "let me finish this season" and "try to continue what we are doing now" before formal discussions would take place.