Premier League: Southampton fans' chants at Mauricio Pochettino disappoint Ronald Koeman

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
Image: Ronald Koeman: Southampton manager not happy with chants about the opposing manager

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman 'didn't agree' with his club's fans chanting abuse at former manager Mauricio Pochettino.

A small section of the travelling support at White Hart Lane were vocal in their criticism of the Argentine coach, who left the south coast club for Tottenham in the summer.

Spurs won Sunday’s game 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Christian Eriksen, and after the match Pochettino spoke of the ‘love’ he still has for his former club.

For some fans the feeling is not mutual, but Koeman was not entirely happy that such views were aired at the game.

"Yes, okay that is the reaction of the fans and I don't agree with that," the Dutchman said.

I respect Mauricio very much and he did a great job in Southampton. Now he is the manager of Tottenham and it is a great challenge for him.
Ronald Koeman

"I think everybody needs respect and normally the respect is high in the Premier League.

"I respect Mauricio very much and he did a great job in Southampton. Now he is the manager of Tottenham and it is a great challenge for him."

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Koeman was, despite the result, generally pleased with the way his team performed, although Sadio Mane was guilty of a miss-of-the-season contender, turning wide from six yards in the closing stages.

Younes Kaboul was perhaps fortunate not to be sent off after being adjudged to have brought down the winger earlier in the second half when the last man.

"I am disappointed about the final result, not disappointed about our performance," the Dutchman added.

"We knew it was difficult because in the first half they did great pressing. It was easy to create possibilities, opportunities.

"It was a pity because they scored before half-time and we spoke then about keeping good organisation in the second half.

"Little by little we had to push up a little bit more and I think we did that very good. We got maybe the best chance in the game with Mane. Okay, it was unlucky but that is football."

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