Southampton defender analyses the differences between Koeman and Pochettino

Ronald Koeman

Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld says that new boss Ronald Koeman is more flexible than current Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld says that Ronald Koeman puts far less precedence on a retaining possession than former manager Mauricio Pochetino did.

Koeman has made an encouraging start to life at St. Mary's after taking over from Pochettino, who departed to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer, and Hooiveld was analysing the differences between the two managers to date.

"The play of Southampton is something more direct than under Mauricio Pochettino, slightly less inspired by dominating the competition," he said to the Dutch media. "Of course, that depends on the qualities that are available.

"On the other hand, the team under Koeman is more flexible. Southampton can be both direct games and still play good combination football."

Despite the change in philosophy, the Saints have made a smooth transition to life under their new Dutch manager.

A struggle had been expected after a number of departures over the summer months, but Koeman has introduced his methods to the team with great effect.

They already have climbed to third place in the Premier League table and the South-Coast club will be aiming to stay in the top-four for as long as possible.

Already there are whispers around the club that a Champions League spot could be possible if they continue their current form and there is great anticipation for the campaign ahead.

The likes of Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle have been great additions, whilst existing members of the squad seem to have raised their game in adversity. 

It means that they are currently looking down on Spurs in the table, but Pochettino did manage to get one-over on his former employers in the last match before the international break, as his new club ran out 1-0 winners against Southampton at White Hart Lane.

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