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Southampton chairman expects Koeman to stay

Southampton expect Koeman to stay at the club next season. Credit: PA

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger is "really, really confident" Ronald Koeman will still be manager next season and believes the Dutchman should be excited about staying at the club.

Koeman signed a three-year contract when he took over at St Mary's in June 2014 but he will soon enter the final 12 months of that deal and is yet to commit any further.

The former Barcelona defender has been linked with a return to the Nou Camp as coach but Krueger believes Saints can convince the 53-year-old to stay put.

"Next year? I'm really, really confident he will still be manager," Krueger told Press Association Sport.

"Beyond that, those are the conversations we're having now and they're really good. I like where we're at. We're in a whole different place than where we were a few years ago.


Koeman denies Tadic wants to leave Southampton

Dusan Tadic has "no problem" at Southampton and is not seeking a St Mary's exit, according to boss Ronald Koeman.

Tadic has already moved to deny rumours he was agitating for a summer move away from the south coast, and now Saints manager Koeman has followed suit.

Tadic has already moved to deny rumours he was agitating for a summer move away. Credit: PA

"For every player if he doesn't start regularly it's difficult," said Koeman of Tadic.

"You talk about what came out in the press, I spoke to Dusan and he was totally surprised. He's one of the players that if he has a problem he will talk to the manager. We have good contact.

"Even in the winter time when he wasn't playing all the time we spoke about his situation.

"There's no problem at the moment and for next season we will see what happens."


Southampton appeal against Mane red card

Sadio Mane was dismissed late on. Credit: PA

Southampton have appealed against the red card shown to Sadio Mane during Saturday's 2-1 Premier League victory at Stoke.

Referee Lee Mason gave the forward a straight red card during the first minute of second-half stoppage time when he caught Stoke's Erik Pieters in mid-air having mistimed a jump to challenge for the ball.

The decision appeared harsh, however, particularly given Mane kept his eyes on the ball, and manager Ronald Koeman indicated the club's intention to appeal after the game.

"Southampton FC can confirm we have lodged an appeal against the red card shown to Sadio Mane at Stoke on Saturday," the club tweeted on Monday.

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