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Southampton announce £33.4m after tax profits

Southampton have announced after tax profits of £33.4m for the year ending June 30, 2014, their first full-year profit since the club went into administration in 2009.

Southampton are enjoying a successful year on the field too. Credit: PA

St Mary's Football Group Limited audited annual results showed a £33.4m profit on ordinary activities compared to a £7.1m loss in 2013.

Total revenue increased to £106m from £71.8m in 2013 while group wages, including players, increased from £41.4m in 2013 to £55.2m in 2014.

Southampton chief executive officer Gareth Rogers said:

There are lots of positives to take from these financial results. Recording the first profit and positive net asset position for the first time since administration in 2009 is very pleasing. It shows the health of the club and the Group is strong and the foundations are there to be built on."

– Southampton chief executive officer Gareth Rogers

Southampton's debt now stands at approximately £50m, of which circa £19m is owed to Vibrac, £15m shareholder's loan and a further £15m secured on the shareholder's estate.

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Southampton boss Koeman would 'love' Barcelona job

Ronald Koeman is a Barcelona legend. Credit: PA

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says he would love to one day take charge at former club Barcelona.

The Dutchman was linked with the job earlier in the season after Luis Enrique had a tough start to his tenure at the Nou Camp.

I think so, yes, because everyone knows what I have had with Barcelona and what Barcelona has with Ronald Koeman.

Therefore, if one day in the future I can be manager there, I would love it. That is football. Today can be black and tomorrow can be white.

You must prepare for everything and try to work well and win matches. Barcelona have a great team with great footballers, above all Messi. He is in his best form and nobody can stop this team.

– Ronald Koeman speaking to Spanish radio show El Partido de las 12

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Spurs targets wants permanent move to Southampton

Toby Alderweireld has impressed on loan. Credit: PA

Defender Toby Alderweireld is keen on making his loan move from Atletico Madrid to Southampton a permanent one. The Belgian defender has been linked with a transfer to either Spurs or Manchester City at the end of the season, but Southampton could sign Alderweireld for just £6.8million in the summer.

If I could choose then of course I would like to stay here.

It's not up to me. Atletico could decide that they want me back. I have two years left there so it is difficult for me to answer the question.

I'm enjoying the Premier League, I'm enjoying playing for Southampton - I love the club and I love the fans. I am enjoying it here and my mind and focus is on Southampton.

– Toby Alderweireld speaking to BBC
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