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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.

Oct 16, 2014

Soccer-Southampton trio up for early awards

LONDON, Oct 16 (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.

Oct 3, 2014

Soccer-Newly-minted internationals boost Saints for Spurs trip

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A fresh batch of international call-ups for his Southampton players will fire up the Saints as they head into Sunday’s clash with Tottenham, says manager Ronald Koeman.

Nathaniel Clyne and Jose Fonte became the latest internationals on Southampton’s books when they received their first call-ups for their countries — by England and by Portugal.

Oct 1, 2014

England underline confidence in coach with 2020 contract

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rugby Football Union (RFU) underlined its confidence in Stuart Lancaster on Wednesday by awarding England’s head coach a new contract 2020.

Lancaster’s coaching team — forwards coach Graham Rowntree, backs coach Andy Farrell and attacking skills Coach Mike Catt — have also been contracted to the end of the 2019-20 season.

Oct 1, 2014

Rugby-England underline confidence in coach with 2020 contract

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The Rugby Football Union (RFU) underlined its confidence in Stuart Lancaster on Wednesday by awarding England’s head coach a new contract 2020.

Lancaster’s coaching team — forwards coach Graham Rowntree, backs coach Andy Farrell and attacking skills Coach Mike Catt — have also been contracted to the end of the 2019-20 season.

Sep 25, 2014

It all starts at the back, smiles Saint Ronald

SOUTHAMPTON England (Reuters) – “Building a house you don’t start up, you start down,” explains Ronald Koeman, with the air of a philosopher imparting great wisdom. “That makes winning teams.”

Recent evidence suggests the art of defence has fallen out of fashion — look at Manchester United, look at Liverpool — but clearly nobody bothered to tell the Southampton manager.

Sep 25, 2014

Soccer-It all starts at the back, smiles Saint Ronald

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept 25 (Reuters) – “Building a house you don’t start up, you start down,” explains Ronald Koeman, with the air of a philosopher imparting great wisdom. “That makes winning teams.”

Recent evidence suggests the art of defence has fallen out of fashion — look at Manchester United, look at Liverpool — but clearly nobody bothered to tell the Southampton manager.

Sep 25, 2014

Grounded Saints demand extra training

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept 25 (Reuters) – These are exhilarating days on the south coast, but nobody at Southampton has their head in the clouds. Just five matches into the Premier League season, Saints are flying high in second spot. They can also count Arsenal as an early victim in the Capital One (League) Cup.

With all but Chelsea looking up at them, some at the modest club might be forgiven for feeling pleased with themselves, especially given the doom peddled over the summer when a host of leading lights quit for the deeper pockets of bigger clubs. But no hint of arrogance can be detected at their St Mary’s stadium tucked away near the river Itchen. In fact, the players this week demanded manager Ronald Koeman cancel a scheduled rest day so they could attend extra training.

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