The 2014/15 Premier League season was looking like it would be a bleak one for Southampton.
In the build-up to that campaign, the south coast club lost a host of their key players, as well as their manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Fast forward to May 2015, though, and it proved to be anything but. Under Pochettino’s successor Ronald Koeman, who was joined at St. Mary’s by the likes of Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle, the Saints went on to secure a seventh-place finish.
Bearing that in mind, as well as the sixth-place finish that followed the season after, it was not a surprise to see Southampton supporters left feeling disgruntled and angry when Koeman left for an inferior Everton side.
Feeling betrayed, those very same supporters were probably delighted to see things quickly unravel at Goodison Park before the Dutchman was eventually sacked.
Considering that, some will feel that it was the wrong career move for Koeman, none more so than the St. Mary’s faithful.
Yet things have still worked out pretty well for the 56-year-old, who is not only now the head coach of the Netherlands national team, but is also enjoying great success with them.
A nation in decline who had not even managed to qualify for the last World Cup, Koeman has since managed to take them to the UEFA Nations League semi-finals after conquering a group that featured France and Germany.
The Netherlands also currently sit second in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualification group, a group they have a very good chance of topping.
Developing the likes of Ajax prodigies Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt further along the way, Koeman’s stock as a coach is on the rise again.
Ultimately, now managing the national team of his motherland, who he once played for himself, this is quite arguably Koeman’s dream job after the Barcelona hot seat.
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