Five reasons why Ronald Koeman must stay at Southampton and snub Holland

Ronald Koeman

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has been linked with a shock early exit, with rumours over him taking the Netherlands job.

Whilst Southampton fans have been enjoying their amazing start to the season, press have been discussing another possible blow for the club.

Just months after losing Mauricio Pochettino, Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, the Saints could yet see Ronald Koeman leave the club.

The Dutch manager was appointed in June after leaving Feyenoord, but has already been linked with a return to his homeland as Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink is under increasing pressure.

It's believed that Koeman is the top choice for the job should Hiddink depart, but here are five reasons why Koeman should stay on the South Coast...

1. He's building something special at Southampton - with eight wins from the first 11 games of the season, this is a staggering start to the campaign for Southampton. Handed a tough task with the mass departures from St. Mary's Stadium this summer, Koeman has rebuild the Saints in a short space of time, and based on his spell so far, Southampton look to be heading for European football - something he shouldn't pass up.

2. He's finally managing in the top league in the world - Koeman has had spells in the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, but now he's in the Premier League - which is widely considered as the top league in the world. It's taken him some time to get to England, but now he's here (and succeeding), leaving just months after his arrival would be bizarre - especially as Southampton could even be the springboard for a bigger job in the Premier League down the line.

3. He has greater squad flexibility with Southampton - at Southampton, he has already brought in internationals from England, Belgium, Romania, Serbia, Senegal, Ireland and Italy, and some managers have found being constricted to one nationality quite difficult. With the Saints, he can build whatever side he wants, rather than be limited to one set of players with the Netherlands.

4. It's too early for him to turn to international management - it's something of a surprise that Didier Deschamps and Antonio Conte are in international management right now, as it's widely seen as something for experienced bosses - see Roy Hodgson (England) and Vicente Del Bosque (Spain). Koeman is just 51, and should have a number of years in the Premier League before turning to the international stage.

5. The Netherlands are in a state of flux - Louis van Gaal may have taken the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-finals, but this is a squad reaching the end. Nigel De Jong, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie will all be 30 or over by the 1st of December, and we've already seen Sneidjer and van Persie's powers diminish. Some talents are emerging in Memphis Depay, Davy Klaassen and Jean-Paul Boetius, but the transition to the new generation could be tricky - which is what Hiddink is currently experiencing.

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