Southampton have announced Ronald Koeman as their new manager, bringing an end to the search for Mauricio Pochettino's St. Mary's Stadium successor.
The club announced through their official Twitter account that Koeman had put pen to paper on a three-year deal as Saints boss, with the Dutchman himself confirming the move over social media:
Koeman recently left his post at the helm of Feyenoord, with whom he finished his playing career, and Southampton will be the eighth club he has managed since taking his first senior position at Vitesse Arnhem in 2000.
The Press Association's Simon Peach praises the quality of Southampton's appointment, hinting that the new club figure can take advantage of his knowledge in the Eredivisie with this summer's transfer dealings:
Ronald Koeman looks to be a fine appointment by #SaintsFC. Experienced, high-profile & shares vision of bringing through home-grown talent.— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) June 16, 2014
Koeman's task now is to get Janmaat, de Vrij, Martins Indi, Clasie, Immers, Kongolo & Vilhena to St Mary's.— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) June 16, 2014
Koeman has managing experience at some of Europe's biggest clubs, having won Eredivisie titles with Ajax and PSV, a Copa del Rey with Valencia, not to mention shorter stints with Benfica and AZ Alkmaar, as well as finding his footsteps as an assistant with the Netherlands national team and Barcelona.
As a player, the 51-year-old captured an illustrious collection of trophies with Ajax, PSV, Barcelona and the Netherlands, including four Eredivisie crowns, four La Liga titles, two European Cups, a European Championship and was twice elected Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1987 and 1988.
Club legend Matt Le Tissier also approves of Koeman's move, while broadcaster Richard Keys feels that Saints might have been better off giving the reins to someone with more knowledge in English football:
So Ronald Koeman joins Soton. Big job on. Can only wish him well. Nothing personal but would've preferred to see a Brit given the job.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) June 16, 2014
One might be tempted to disagree with Keys after Pochettino guided the club to an extremely impressive eighth-place finish in the Premier League last season.
Is Koeman's appointment a good decision by the Southampton board?
Whomever it was that would assume management duties on the south coast after the Argentinian had a monumental task in not only maintaining Pochettino's standards but improving upon the foundations he laid down.
Metro's Chris Rann discusses the potential summer exodus, naming Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and most recently Dejan Lovren as some of those who may leave their Southampton abode in the coming weeks and months.
Koeman's first task will be in ensuring that the squad he inherits keeps as many of its biggest talents as possible or, failing that, replacing their presences with sufficient signings in the market.