Koeman confident Saints growth will continue

By SFC Media time Thu 10 Dec Men's First team

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is confident the club will continue to grow on and off the pitch in the coming years.

The Saints boss led his team to a record finish in the Premier League last term, guiding them to seventh and qualification for Europe.

Koeman believes there is greater expectation this season as a result, but he is optimistic the club will continue to take strides forward.

“When we started this season I knew it would be a tough season because the expectation will be the same as last year,” he told reporters ahead of Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace – another club with a desire for a strong finish in the top half. 

“Maybe what we showed last year is a title, the best of the rest.

"That will not happen every season, but if we can grow, and it will take more than one year, we can grow.

“We believe that we can make steps in the future, but all those kind of steps will be controlled, without too much risk, and that’s the way how Southampton works. That’s the way, honestly, what I like.”

Koeman added: “In every sport it’s so easy to tell everybody ‘Ok, we are happy in the position of 11th or 12th’, but we have ambition to grow, to continue what we did last season.

“I believe in our structure in the club, and the qualities of the players, and the organisation in the team and the way how we play football that we can do it much better than the bottom of the Premier League, and we show that. It will happen again this season.”

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