Agent of Southampton boss comments on reported Newcastle interest

Ronald Koeman has supposedly been shortlisted as a potential candidate to become Newcastle manager.

The Magpies are still looking for a long-term successor to Alan Pardew, but Ronald Koeman’s agent has been quoted by SoccerNews as rubbishing claims the Southampton boss could take charge.

John Carver has been in charge at St James’ Park since Pardew left for Crystal Palace, and he is a candidate to take permanent control at the end of the campaign. However, the Toon management are assessing a number of other options, and the likes of Herve Renard, Christophe Galtier and Frank de Boer have been namechecked as potential successors as per the Telegraph.

One man whose name has made the headlines recently as maybe taking charge of the Tyneside club is a surprise choice, with the Mirror highlighting Southampton boss Ronald Koeman as a target of the club. Koeman is currently exceeding expectations with the Saints, and, although form has been sticky in recent weeks, the South Coast club are still fighting for a top-four finish.

It seems strange that a coach in such a role as he is at the moment would even consider the switch to Newcastle, with their off-field issues making them the antithesis of the Saints. There is no denying that they are a huge club in terms of English footballing history, but it is hard to see them making a name for themselves in the near future, and Koeman is well on his way to bringing Southampton to a new era of success and silverware.

The rumour itself was hard to believe, and Koeman’s agent has moved swiftly to dismiss such reports, telling Dutch media outlet SoccerNews that the claims are “absolute nonsense”.

This should put an end to the rumour that Koeman will be heading to the North East prior to the start of next season, and he looks to be set for a long-term spell with Southampton.

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