Southampton boss Ronald Koeman under pressure to spend following mass exodusby Jack Kitson / 29 July 2014, 09:16Tweet
The new Southampton boss Ronald Koeman already finds himself under a barrel of pressure - and no doubt a state of befuddlement - following the club's unprecedented mass exodus of players. The Saints have endured a devastating transfer window, with the departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino sparking a flurry of high profile exits, including five first team players, and unfortunately for fans the evacuation is showing no signs of ceasing.
Koeman, who was appointed in June, was fully aware of the situation when he arrived at St Mary's, however the mass scale of transfers has subsequently piled the pressure on the Dutchman to lure in players to the club. As a result the former Barcelona man is earning unwanted attention in the Premier League Sack Race, in which he can be backed at a tempting 18/1 with Sky Bet, although the 51-year-old is as short as 10/1 with Bet Victor.
The Hampshire club have already accumulated over £90million from the sales of skipper Adam Lallana and co, but that figure could significantly rise, with Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez on the verge of joining Pochettino at Tottenham, while the futures of Jose Fonte and Dani Osvaldo are up in the air.
The Saints may have the cash to splash, but they simply must spend wisely, and quickly, with the dawn of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign now just over two weeks away. In another cruel blow they are likely to be forced to pay premium prices for new recruits as clubs will be fully aware of the amount of dosh they have to play with.
Meanwhile crestfallen fans are fuming with the club’s mute owner Katharina Liebherr, who has refused to speak publically amid all the chaos. Rumours are rife that Liebherr, who inherited Southampton following the death of her billionaire father Markus, is preparing to sell the club. It may prove to be speculation but as the new campaign edges closer Saints supporters will be desperate for their beloved club to start bringing in players, as promises of retaining their star names have been absolutely shattered.