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Southampton boss laughs off Pochettino comments

Ronald Koeman has given a lighthearted response to former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino's claims that the Dutchman inherited a winning team.

The former Barcelona defender took over from the Argentine in the summer, but was forced into overhauling the squad, as many of their star players were sold off.

Despite the turnover in players, Koeman has taken the south coast side into the top four of the Premier League.

Ronald Koeman, left, joked about Mauricio Pochettino's, right, comments. Credit: PA

"First of all, it was on Spanish radio so I don't know exactly what was said and if the comments were really like that," said the Dutchman.

"He is free to give his opinions, I'm happy in Southampton and thank you Mauricio; I have an easy job!

"That is the reason that I came to Southampton, to have a little holiday with everything organised, a good team and good players. I'm joking! I have no comments."

Chelsea defender makes last ditch Southampton move

Southampton have confirmed the signing of defender Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea on a four-and-a half year deal following his successful loan spell.


QPR make second approach for Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo

Osvaldo would prefer to stay in Italy. Credit: PA

QPR have made a second approach for the loan signing of striker Dani Osvaldo.

The towering forward has spent the first half of this season with Inter Milan, and is thought to prefer another loan move somewhere in his native Italy.

He was sent out on loan to Juventus this time last year after headbutting Saints captain Jose Fonte during a training ground bust-up, and was farmed out once again to Inter last August.

Although the agreement with Inter is for the entire season director Piero Ausilio is keen to cut Osvaldo's move short and has travelled to London for talks with Rangers.

Mannone urges team-mates to cough up for fans

Mannone and Sunderland shipped eight goals at Southampton. Credit: PA

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has urged his team-mates to reimburse travelling supporters who paid to watch the Black Cats' dismal 8-0 defeat at Southampton.

Manager Gus Poyet described Saturday's shock result as his "most embarrassing" moment in football after overseeing the heaviest Premier League in Sunderland's history.

Former Arsenal stopper, Mannone, doesn't believe supporters who made the 650-mile round trip from Sunderland to Southampton should have to pay for their match tickets or travel costs after witnessing such a humiliating defeat.

"I will talk to the team to see if it is possible to pay for their tickets and their trip," he said.

"We should do it because we didn’t put our foot in, we didn’t work hard.

"We started the game well but after we conceded we threw in the towel and I include myself."


Southampton first to add Twitter hashtag to stadium

The #SaintsFC hashtag is embedded to the Chapel Stand at St Mary's Credit: Twitter/@SouthamptonFC

Southampton has claimed to have become the first British football club to permanently display its Twitter hashtag on seats at its stadium.

The #SaintsFC hashtag is on the Chapel Stand at St Mary's.