First Team Manager
As a two-time European Cup winner and European Championship winner with Holland, Ronald Koeman the player needs little introduction. His exploits at club level in his native country with the likes of Ajax PSV Eindhoven – where he picked up a combined total of four Eredivisie titles, three Dutch Cups and a European Cup – were eclipsed by his achievements at Barcelona, where he picked up four La Liga titles, two Spanish Supercups, one Copa del Rey, a UEFA Super Cup and another European Cup.
A defender by trade but boasting an extremely impressive goalscoring record of almost one goal every three games throughout a 17-year playing career, Koeman brought the curtain down on his medal-laden playing days at Feyenoord in 1997 as he prepared to move into coaching. Successful stints in charge of Vitesse, Ajax, Benfica and PSV followed before a move back to La Liga, this time with Valencia, in 2007.
As a manager, he has collected three league titles in the Netherlands and whilst his time at the Mestalla was somewhat less memorable, subsequent stints at AZ and another of his old clubs, Feyenoord, restored his reputation and attracted the attentions of Southampton, who he joined in June 2014.
First Team Assistant Manager
The brother of manager Ronald, Erwin Koeman was brought in to assist his younger sibling in the summer of 2014. As a midfielder, Koeman spent his entire playing career in Holland expect 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 World Cup in Italy in 1990. 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 hours during his 10 years with hometown club Liverpool which coincided with the Reds’ 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, and 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.
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 Therapists - Chris Lovegrove & Graeme Staddon
Kit & Equipment Manager - Mark Forbes
Kit & Equipment Assistant - Jamie Ireland
Performance Analyst - Scott Waters