Jose Fonte's reassuring claim regarding Southampton

Sadio Mane celebrates with Jose Fonte and Shane Long (R) after scoring the first goal for Southampton

Ronald Koeman left Southampton for Everton this week.

Jose Fonte celebrates with team mates after scoring the third goal for Southampton

Speaking to The Mail, Southampton captain Jose Fonte has urged the Saints not to be worried by Ronald Koeman's exit, reminding that the club has overcome similar setbacks in recent years.

The Dutchman quit Southampton on Tuesday and was swiftly named as Roberto Martinez's successor at Everton following something of a saga.

The South Coast club reportedly picked up £5 million in compensation from the Toffees (The Telegraph).

Southampton's Jose Fonte sustains an injury after this challenge from Everton's Arouna Kone

Koeman had only spent two years at St Mary's, having replaced Mauricio Pochettino in 2014, but the 53-year-old had arguably did a better job than his Argentine predecessor.

He brought in better players and as a result Southampton qualified for the Europa League preliminary rounds in both of Koeman's seasons.

Pochettino - now at Tottenham Hotspur - had succeeded the axed Nigel Adkins, who had guided the club back into the Premier League from League One, and Fonte has reminded concerned parties that Southampton know about this process.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

"It's not ideal, but we've been through situations like this before," he told The Mail.

"We have to trust the board and the club that we are going to get it right and appoint someone with quality. We are a top club in England now.

"I'm sure the club will sort this situation out like in previous occasions. We've been through this before. We know how to deal with it at least."

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

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