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Oct 24, 2014

Coy Koeman allows a little dreamtime

SOUTHAMPTON England (Reuters) – After a career spent rubbing shoulders with soccer royalty nobody could accuse Ronald Koeman of being a dreamer but even the Dutchman allows himself a quiet smile when talk turns to little Southampton challenging for a Champions League spot.

The speculation was always likely, perhaps, once the Saints clambered up the Premier League to an early third spot, and it became inevitable after they smashed sorry Sunderland 8-0 last weekend.

Oct 24, 2014

Soccer-Coy Koeman allows a little dreamtime

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Oct 24 (Reuters) – After a career spent rubbing shoulders with soccer royalty nobody could accuse Ronald Koeman of being a dreamer but even the Dutchman allows himself a quiet smile when talk turns to little Southampton challenging for a Champions League spot.

The speculation was always likely, perhaps, once the Saints clambered up the Premier League to an early third spot, and it became inevitable after they smashed sorry Sunderland 8-0 last weekend.

Oct 23, 2014

Bring them on, says smiling Southampton manager Ron

SOUTHAMPTON England (Reuters) – With the meanest defence in the Premier League, an 8-0 win in his team’s latest showing and the Manager of the Month trophy sitting on his mantelpiece, Ronald Koeman would have been forgiven for allowing himself a wry smile when the inevitable question was asked.

How does the reality of life in the league match up to its fearsome reputation worldwide? “It is a really tough competition … you don’t have an easy game,” smiled the Southampton manager on Thursday.

Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Bring them on, says smiling Southampton manager Ron

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Oct 23 (Reuters) – With the meanest defence in the Premier League, an 8-0 win in his team’s latest showing and the Manager of the Month trophy sitting on his mantelpiece, Ronald Koeman would have been forgiven for allowing himself a wry smile when the inevitable question was asked.

How does the reality of life in the league match up to its fearsome reputation worldwide? “It is a really tough competition … you don’t have an easy game,” smiled the Southampton manager on Thursday.

Oct 20, 2014

With Cork popped, goals finally flow for Saint Jack

LONDON (Reuters) – The adage about London buses springs to mind when thinking of Southampton midfielder Jack Cork – you wait all day for one, then two come at once.

After a three-year barren spell in front of goal, the 25-year-old has now scored three goals in a matter of weeks, the latest coming in Saints’ stupendous 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland on Saturday.

Oct 20, 2014

Soccer-With Cork popped, goals finally flow for Saint Jack

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The adage about London buses springs to mind when thinking of Southampton midfielder Jack Cork – you wait all day for one, then two come at once.

After a three-year barren spell in front of goal, the 25-year-old has now scored three goals in a matter of weeks, the latest coming in Saints’ stupendous 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland on Saturday.

Oct 17, 2014

Northern Irish skipper pledges future to Saints

SOUTHAMPTON England (Reuters) – Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis on Friday pledged his long-term future to Southampton, with a contract extension at the Premier League club until 2018.

The 29-year-old said he was delighted to be staying on the south coast because Southampton were a progressive club, and that he was enthralled with the team’s prospects.

Oct 17, 2014

Soccer-Northern Irish skipper pledges future to Saints

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis on Friday pledged his long-term future to Southampton, with a contract extension at the Premier League club until 2018.

The 29-year-old said he was delighted to be staying on the south coast because Southampton were a progressive club, and that he was enthralled with the team’s prospects.

Oct 16, 2014

Soccer-Saints boss Koeman tells Dutch they would have to wait

LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Dutch bulwark Ronald Koeman pledged his immediate future to Southampton on Thursday, and said the Dutch national team would have to wait for him if they wanted him to take the reins.

Koeman, capped 78 times by ‘Oranje’, was linked with the role midweek by former Dutch midfielder Ronald de Boer who said Koeman would be a better fit for the job than incumbent Guus Hiddink.

Oct 16, 2014

Southampton trio up for early awards

LONDON (Reuters) – Southampton’s barnstorming start to the Premier League season has been reflected in a trio of nominations for early-season awards.

Dutchman Ronald Koeman has been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award for September after steering the unfashionable south coast side to third place after seven matches.

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