Boost for Southampton as international rumours denied

The Dutch Football Association have rubbished rumours claiming Southampton boss Ronald Koeman was on their radar, as reported by Sky Sports.

The Sun were claiming on Thursday that current Netherlands boss Danny Blind was facing the sack after just two games, and that the Saints boss was the favourite to replace him.

But the Dutch FA have moved to deny that Blind is already under pressure to keep his job.

They told Sky Sports News HQ: “Danny Blind is not facing the sack.

“He’s only been our manager for two games. Despite losing both, we could still qualify for the European Championship finals.

“Blind signed a contract keeping him with us until the World Cup in 2018. Within that contract there is is an agreement for him to meet the board of directors after the European qualification period.

“That will still happen in the next couple of months to see if they’re still happy with him.”

Blind’s vote of confidence will come as good news to Saints fans, who have seen their side completely transformed under the tutelage of Koeman since his arrived at the club last summer.

Koeman guided the Saints to a seventh placed finish in the Premier League last term, and occupied the top four for most of the season before eventually slipping in to the Europa League qualifying positions.