Erwin Koeman: Dad would be proud of Koeman partnership at Southampton

Southampton assistant manager Erwin Koeman has stated his belief that his late father would be proud of himself and brother Ronald teaming up at St. Mary's.

Former Hungary and Feyenoord manager Erwin Koeman has spoken out about his pride, as he prepares to team up with younger brother Ronald as they take the reigns at Premier League club Southampton.

It's a journey that sees the brothers come together as they replace the previous regime of Mauricio Pochettino, who departed the club in May for the vacant manager's hot-seat at Tottenham Hotspur.

It's this family partnership that Erwin, 52, believes his father, Martin Koeman, would "really like" if he could see them today. Martin passed away in December 2013 at the age of 75.

Speaking to SkySports, Erwin Koeman said: "We once said we would be good to work together, but my father also said it would be fantastic if we could be a duo."

"Unfortunately he won't experience it but I am sure he would really like it.

"I feel more comfortable in the background. Ronald is a real manager, I am just his first assistant."

Erwin joins a back room staff which is yet to be completed. So far, brother Ronald has announced the arrival of Erwin and physical coach Jan Kluitenberg, but he is expected to name a goalkeeping coach to replace in the near future, with first team training expected to begin in two weeks' time.

When pre-season commences, the Koeman brothers will be starting work in Southampton's new state-of-the-art training complex at their Staplewood training ground, reported to have cost in the region of £30m to construct.

The Koemans will take to the St. Mary's dug-out for the first time on Saturday the 9th of August, when the Saints face Bayer Leverkusen in their only home friendly, a week before the start of the new Premier League campaign.

The Premier League fixtures for the 2014/15 season are released tomorrow morning.

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