Southampton boss Koeman admits he would be 'delighted' to manage Barcelona

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted that he would be delighted to manage Barcelona.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE that he would to return to Barcelona as their manager in the future.

Koeman, 51, moved to Southampton last summer as Mauricio Pochettino's replacement, and was immediately faced with a tough challenge after losing five star players in Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

Yet you wouldn't have known Koeman had to virtually rebuild the Saints side last summer, with the Dutchman leading to Southampton to sixth place right now, challenging for a Champions League place.

Koeman should be in contention for the Manager of the Year award come the end of the season, but Southampton fans may be worrying about him leaving - just as Pochettino did almost a year ago, departing the South Coast for Tottenham Hotspur.

Koeman could be in contention for the Manchester City job should Manuel Pellegrini lose his job this summer, whilst Newcastle United were also linked with a move for the former Feyenoord boss recently.

However, Koeman may have even bigger ambitions. In an interview with the Spanish radio station Cadena COPE, Koeman admitted that if the opportunity were to arise, he would be interested in managing his former club Barcelona.

"I think so because everyone knows what I have with Barcelona and Barcelona have with Ronald Koeman. So if one day I can be a coach in the future, I'd be delighted," said the Dutchman.

Koeman hit 88 goals in six seasons for Barcelona as a player - and that's despite playing as a defender! He was a hugely popular player during his time in Catalunya, and with doubts over Luis Enrique's future as Barcelona manager, Southampton fans may be set for a nervous summer.

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