South coast latest: Boruc wants to leave; Hyypia keen to build on Leeds win

Artur Boruc

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Artur Boruc tells Southampton he wants to leave

Saints manager Ronald Koeman has said that the Polish keeper has asked to leave the club after losing his place to new signing Fraser Forster.

Boruc was Southampton's first choice keeper last season, but has been pushed to the sidelines since Forster's arrival from Celtic.

The Dutch manager said in his press conference: “I spoke with him and he said he would like to move, that’s normal for his position, and until the transfer deadline he is not in the team.

“If he stays after then, it’s a new situation and we think about it. When he moves it will be best for Artur and best for the club. I’m not frustrated because I think it’s a normal situation of what he thinks of himself and that he wants to be in the Polish national team.

“To be part of that has to play and that’s normal, I can understand that because I like players who do everything to play, but it's difficult here because we made the situation here clear.”

Brighton boss wants improvement on Leeds win

Sami Hyypia has urged his Brighton players to improve on the 2-0 midweek win over Championship rivals Leeds United.

The Seagulls haven't have the brightest of starts to this campaign, losing two and winning one, but the Finnish manager hopes his team can build on their win in tomorrow's match with Bolton.

He told the Argus: “I was very pleased in the first half to stand there on the side of the pitch and watch the players do a really good job.

“It was great to get a first win under the belt “But we need to remember we have still a long way ahead of us and keep our feet on the ground to work hard and improve.”

Bolton have started poorly themselves this season losing to Watford and Middlesborough, and drawing with Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth boss praises opposing manager

Eddie Howe has heaped praise onto Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer, for bringing stability to the club.

Bowyer, who had been caretaker manager after Henning Berg departed, took the reigns full-time when his replacement, Michael Appleton was also fired. In the 15-months since then Bowyer has led Rovers to an eighth place Championship finish and four points out of nine in their opening 3 games this season.

Howe told the Bournemouth Echo: “I think Gary has done a really good job in building up the club after some difficult times off the pitch. They look like they have got stability now, which is what they craved, and that has been reflected in results.

“Most of the talk with Blackburn was concerned with things off the pitch until recently when they have managed to just talk about football, which is all they want to talk about."

Bournemouth travel to Blackburn tomorrow and will be hoping to continue their impressive start to the season.

Former Portsmouth manager says he gave everything for the club

During the year he spent as Pompey manager in between 2011-2012, Michael Appleton believes he gave his all for the cause.

His reign on the south coast was a hellish one as he had to endure an administration, a points deductions, a firesale of players and unpaid wages. He unsurprisingly ended up leaving for Blackpool, but now manages Oxford United who are Pompey's opponents this weekend.

Appleton told the Chichester Observer: "It was a difficult time for everyone at the club, but I’ve got to say the fans made me feel fantastically welcome. I had a very good relationship with them.

"Who knows what the reception will be? Football’s a fickle sport so I’m not holding my breath, but I’d like to think for 12 months I gave everything I had for that football club, on and off the field."

Pompey travel to Oxford in good form having won two and drawn one of their opening three games, whilst Oxford's fortunes have been the opposite, losing all three of their League Two matches so far.

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