Rickie Lambert wonders if Ronald Koeman is making mistake swapping Southampton for Everton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledges fans at the end of the match

Former Southampton player believes Saints fans will be devastated if Everton lure Ronald Koeman.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledges fans at the end of the matchSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledges fans at the end of the match

Former Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has given his view on Ronald Koeman's potential switch of clubs from the Saints to become Everton manager.

The BBC report the two clubs are holding talks, as Everton attempt to lure Koeman in as manager, replacing Roberto Martinez, who was sacked with one game remaining of the season.

Koeman has been at Southampton for two years and Lambert believes if he leaves, it will be a tough decision for Saints fans to take - but also questioned whether the Dutchman was making the right decision.

West Brom's Rickie Lambert shoots at goal as Norwich's Ryan Bennett looks on

West Brom's Rickie Lambert shoots at goal as Norwich's Ryan Bennett looks on

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ's Morning View on Monday at 11am, Lambert was quizzed over the potential managerial change.

He said: "The club is set up magnificently, they will be OK, but they loved him on the south coast, so they will be devastated.

"I am surprised. What he's doing, he's building at Southampton.

"He's going to a club which is a huge club, massive club. But he's taking on pressure, going to a situation where fans are going to be expecting a hell of a lot. There is a lot of money to spend, but a lot of expectancy."

General view outside Goodison Park before the matchGeneral view outside Goodison Park 

Everton have extra money to spend thanks to investment from Iranian billionaire Farhad Mohsiri, and it is this which is likely to be a big factor in tempting Koeman to the club.

Lambert is right to note that the money will bring pressure, but this could be part of the attraction for the Dutchman, if he wants the opportunity to test himself and go into a situation which is potentially very demanding.

Southampton manager Ronald KoemanSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman

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