First Team Manager
Having won 28 trophies during his time as a player and manager so far, Ronald Koeman needs little introduction.
At club level in his native Holland, Koeman won four Eredivisie titles, three Dutch Cups and a European Cup during spells with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, while also helping his country win the European Championship in 1988.
Koeman went on to achieve even greater things with Barcelona, picking up four La Liga titles, two Spanish Supercups, one Copa del Rey, a UEFA Super Cup and another European Cup – scoring the winning goal in the final at Wembley.
A defender by trade, Koeman boasted an extremely impressive goalscoring record of almost one goal every three games throughout a 17-year playing career, which he ended back in Holland with Feyenoord in 1997.
After starting his coaching career with the Dutch national team and then Barcelona, Koeman took his first management job with Vitesse in 2000. Spells with Ajax, Benfica and PSV followed before moving back to Spain with Valencia in 2007.
After a somewhat less memorable time back in La Liga, Koeman returned to Holland with AZ and then Feyenoord, restoring his reputation and attracting the attentions of Southampton, who he joined in June 2014.
His first season in England proved a huge success, as Koeman guided Southampton to their highest ever Premier League points total and a seventh-placed finish, which subsequently saw the club return to Europe for the first time in over a decade.
First Team Assistant Manager
The brother of manager Ronald, Erwin Koeman was brought in to assist his younger sibling in the summer of 2014.
Koeman spent his entire playing career in Holland except for a five-year spell in Belgium with Mechelen, where he won a Belgian First Division title, a Belgian Cup, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. He enjoyed two stints at both PSV Eindhoven and Groningen, winning two Eredivisie titles and a Dutch Super Cup.
At international level, Koeman amassed a total of 31 caps for his country, featuring alongside his brother in the Netherlands’ 1988 European Championship triumph and then again at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
His managerial career to date has seen him work mainly in his home country, firstly with RKC Waalwijk and Feyenoord, although he did have a spell in charge of the Hungarian national team between 2008 and 2010, before returning to club management in 2011 with Utrecht.
Koeman also spent time in the hotseat at Eindhoven and again at RKC Waalwijk, before becoming number two at St Mary’s to work alongside his brother for the first time in a management role.
First Team Coach
Jan Kluitenberg joined the backroom staff at Southampton, having followed Ronald Koeman from his previous club Feyenoord.
Born in Apeldoorm, Kluitenberg’s playing career was cut short following a series of injuries, which quickened his move into coaching. After trying his hand at refereeing, managing to reach the C list of match officials in Holland, he started to work at Vitesse Arnhem’s academy.
After a period working as an operational manager, responsible for the club’s training ground and stadium, Kluitenberg’s next move was a big one, as he jetted off to join Koeman’s staff at Benfica in Portugal.
Spells at Al-Jazira in Saudi Arabia, Sparta Rotterdam, AZ – again with Koeman – and FC Twente helped to enhance his reputation before his switch to boyhood club Feyenoord in July 2013.
After just a single solitary season at De Kuip, however, Kluitenberg elected to leave Holland to take up the position of first team coach at St Mary’s, forming part of an all-new backroom staff at the club.
First Team Assistant Coach
Now well into his second decade as a coach, Sammy Lee is a well-respected figure in English football, having amassed nine major honours during his ten years with hometown club Liverpool.
His spell with the Reds coincided with their domestic dominance of the 1970s and 1980s. Lee picked up three First Division titles, four League Cups, three Charity Shields and, most impressively, two European Cups during his time with Liverpool.
Lee also had a brief spell at Southampton during the twilight of his playing days, making two appearances for Saints on loan from Osasuna in the 1989-90 season.
Since hanging up his boots at Bolton in 1991, he has enjoyed two reserve and first-team coaching stints at Liverpool, sandwiching a period of coaching, caretaker and manager roles at the Reebok Stadium between 2005 and 2007.
After returning to Wanderers for a third time in 2012, where he became Head of Academy Coaching and also stepped back as joint caretaker manager, he was appointed as Saints’ First Team Assistant Coach in June 2014.
Senior Goalkeeping Coach
Barnsley-born goalkeeping coach Dave Watson completed the list of coaching staff arrivals in the summer of 2014, when he left his post at Norwich City to head to the south coast.
As a player, Watson enjoyed a decade-long career with his hometown club, helping them win promotion to the summit of English football in 1997 before being the club’s number one for their first, and only to date, Premier League campaign.
Despite suffering relegation with the Tykes that year, Watson – who collected five England Under-21 caps in the mid-1990s – was tipped for success, but had to hang up his boots in 2001 at the age of 28 following a serious knee injury sustained two years earlier.
After cutting his coaching teeth with the likes of Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic, Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest and England Under-19s, Watson helped to hone the skills of future England custodians Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Jack Butland at Birmingham City.
He arrived at St Mary’s from Carrow Road, having also spent the summer of 2014 working under England manager Roy Hodgson at the World Cup in Brazil.
Technical Director Martin Hunter has had something of a nomadic coaching career to date.
He spent 13 years working for the Football Association as a regional director of coaching before progressing to coaching England’s Under-15s, Under-16s and Under-19s, having first had spells as assistant manager at both Bradford City and Stoke City.
Hunter’s first foray into club football after leaving the FA came at Norwich City, where he was appointed as first team coach in 2006. Following the departure of Nigel Worthington, Hunter was placed in temporary charge, drawing his sole game at the helm 3-3 at Queens Park Rangers.
After leaving Carrow Road, Hunter joined Watford before returning to Valley Parade briefly, but it is at Southampton where he continues to make his presence felt, helping bring through the likes of Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse and Calum Chambers in recent years from his position as Technical Director.
He first took up his position as Under-21s coach at St Mary’s in July 2010 and, the following month, stepped up for a brief period as assistant caretaker manager of the first team until a permanent appointment was made.
First Team Technical Support - Fran Alonso
Senior Physiotherapists - Tom Sturdy & Steve Wright
First Team Sports Scientist - Bill Styles
Sports Therapist - Chris Lovegrove
Professional Phase Soft Tissue Therapist – Giovanni Fenu
Kit & Equipment Manager - Mark Forbes
Kit & Equipment Assistant - Jamie Ireland
Performance Analyst - Scott Waters
Assistant Performance Analyst – Michael Haines
Team/Player Liason Officer – Hugo Scheckter
Player Integration Officer - Dr Barry Gale