Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has heaped praise on the positive welcome he has received since joining the club.
The Dutchman took over from the departed Mauricio Pochettino last month and faced the press on Friday afternoon in his first news conference since taking charge.
Koeman, looking happy and relaxed despite the media focus surrounding the club following the departures of three key players in Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, confirmed that life on the South Coast had started well and he was happy to be part of the family culture at the club.
“After ten days working with the first team, I am impressed with the training facilities and with how the boys are doing the training sessions, and the character and ambitions of the players.
“Everything is organised and is like a real family... Every person in the club is an important person because we need everybody to bring Southampton forward. That’s a great feeling,” he told the gathered media.
Koeman impressed with facilities
The 51-year-old who has been joined at St.Mary’s by his brother Erwin, went on to praise the attitude of the players during his first two weeks at the club’s state-of-the-art training facilities at Staplewood.
“I had some meetings, some small talks with some players, and they are still proud and they still have the ambition they had last season,” he said.
“They are happy to be players of Southampton and I promised them – and I promise the fans – that, when we start the season, we will have a very good team,” added the Dutch legend.
The ambition of Koeman will give an air of confidence to fans of the South coast outfit that despite the recent sales, they will still have a strong team to support in the coming season.
Aided by the funds brought in from the outgoings, the Saints manager is set to dip his toe into the transfer market in the coming weeks to further improve the squad.
“We have some positions [where] we need players. Everybody knows it. I don’t like to talk about individual players but we need some to bring competition between the players.
“We have a great scouting staff and every day we talk about new players and we talk about the team and about the young players and about the under-21s,” Koeman confirmed.
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