Executive Director of Football Les Reed says talks with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman over a new contract are progressing positively.
Koeman has overseen two fantastic seasons at St Mary’s since he arrived in the summer of 2014, helping the club better their best-ever points tally in both campaigns.
With the Dutchman’s contract expiring at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, Koeman said talks between himself and the club would happen at the end of the season, and Reed says those discussions have gone well so far.
“Talks are ongoing all the time, and there is never really a point where you can say ‘on this day we’ll starting talking’,” Reed told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“Conversations go on all the time about planning for the future. Ronald has mentioned recently that he’s sat down with us at board level and talked about the five-year plan.
“There’s no point going into contract negotiations about finance and money unless you’re all on the same wavelength about where the club is going.
“If Ronald is committing himself to the club for a longer period of time, it’s important we talk about our ambitions being aligned and that we are still trying to achieve the same things.
“We’re now at a point, as Ronald has said himself, where we’re actually getting down to the detail of the contract, which is where agents and lawyers get involved.
“Everything is going very positively at the moment.”
And Reed looks at the contracts handed to Virgil van Dijk, Fraser Forster and James Ward-Prowse in recent weeks to highlight the club’s determination to continue building with Koeman as manager.
“Ronald and I have been talking for a long time about building towards the summer transfer window,” Reed added.
“You can see that with the extension of contracts to our own players to consolidate the core of the team going forward. That is another big step.
“You don’t just do that on any given day, that’s something I would sit down with Ronald and Ross Wilson (Director of Scouting & Recruitment) to discuss over a long period of time. All those conversations are about the future and what we’re building for.”