Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has criticised sections of the club’s supporters for aiming derogatory chants at former manager Mauricio Pochettino on Sunday, Sky
Pochettino, now in charge of Tottenham, saw his new side claim a 1-0 victory over his old one at White Hart Lane, but was the target for abuse from some of the visiting supporters over the course of the 90 minutes.
In charge for 16 months from January 2013, Pochettino led Southampton to their highest ever number of Premier League points last season, finishing in eighth place with a number of their key players becoming an integral part of the England setup. Despite the success he achieved, however, the manner of the Argentine’s departure in May angered some fans.
And Koeman, who has enjoyed a strong start to life at the St. Mary’s Stadium, was disappointed with the chants aimed at his counterpart. He said: “Yes, okay that is the reaction of the fans and I don’t agree with that.
“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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