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Dutch pair take Saints helm

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Southampton have named Jan Poortvliet as their new head coach after manager Nigel Pearson was told his contract will not be renewed despite steering the club to safety last season.

Poortvliet will be joined at St Mary´s by countryman Mark Wotte after the pair agreed to pay compensation to their current clubs with Poortvliet, 52, at Helmond Sport while Wotte, 47, has been coaching in Qatar with Ahli Doha.

Chairman Michael Wilde told the club´s official website, www.saintsfc.co.uk: "We are extremely grateful for Nigel´s contribution. He came to the club at a time of crisis and through his hard work and commitment we were able to avoid relegation on the last day.

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