Southampton's Jose Fonte reveals the identity of star man in training

Ronald Koeman

Southampton captain Jose Fonte says manager Ronald Koeman is often the Premier League club's star man in training.

Age, it would appear, has not taken its toll on the ability of one Ronald Koeman.

For him, football is like riding a bike, you never forget how it’s done.

He may now be 51 years of age and approaching the 20-year mark since he slipped into retirement, but that does mean that the Dutchman is over the hill.

For managers, those who decide not to sever ties with the sport they love upon calling time on their playing days, the training ground becomes their Theatre of Dreams.

It is here that they can still lace up their boots and partake in the game which brought them so much joy.

For some the involvement will be minimal, but others will seek to play as full a part as possible.

That is certainly the case when it comes to Southampton boss Koeman, with Saints skipper Jose Fonte revealing that the former Ajax and Barcelona defender puts some of the class of 2014 to shame when it comes to catching the eye during the week.

He said in the Daily Mirror: “The gaffer is cool. He was a top player. He played six years in Barcelona and won everything.

“Sometimes he joins in with the training and is better than some of us players.

“He is a calm person, meticulous, he goes into the last details.

“He has a great ­philosophy. He knows what he wants from us and we know what we want to do. I hope we can all keep growing because we have a great future in front of us.”

Koeman may be tempted to throw himself into Premier League action on Monday, with Southampton looking to get back on track when Manchester United visit St Mary’s.

Back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Arsenal – and three games without a win - have seen the Saints slip to fourth in the top-flight standings, with the Red Devils hoping to knock them down another spot at the end of their next outing.

It has, however, still been a bright opening to the campaign for the south coast club, following a difficult summer, and Koeman will be looking to keep the calm and continue to press home all of the positive work which has been done in the last four months.

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