Pundit claims Southampton would welcome back Koeman

Ronald Koeman did not leave Southampton on the best of terms with the fans.

The Dutchman was seemingly settled at St Mary’s and his impact at the club was a positive one given that he guided the team to their best Premier League finish in his second season.

The coastal outfit secured sixth place and qualified for the Europa League, but in the summer of 2016, Koeman opted to walk away from the club.

The 54-year-old took over from Roberto Martinez at Everton, but lasted just one full season as he was sacked in October following a dismal run of results.

Koeman remains out of work, but Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that Southampton would be open to re-hiring him, despite his previous decision to quit.

Mauricio Pellegrino is currently the man in charge at St Mary’s, but after a winless run of nine games in the top flight, fans are growing weary.

Nicholas has suggested that this weekend’s FA Cup third-round tie against Fulham could spell the end for the Argentine.

The Scotsman toldĀ Sky Sports:

“I think this could be the final game for Mauricio Pellegrino. The only player he’s lost is Virgil van Dijk so there are no real excuses for how disappointing Southampton have been.

“Manolo Gabbiadini doesn’t look like he knows what the manager wants from him and I think they’d take Ronald Koeman back in a heartbeat, although I’m not sure the fans would be happy with that.”