• Dutch manager returns fore first time to club he left behind in June
• ‘I cannot change opinions or the feelings of the fans’ says Koeman
Ronald Koeman has said he hopes for respect from Southampton supporters when he returns to St Mary’s Stadium but is unafraid of any hostility that awaits.
The Everton manager faces his former club on Sunday for the first time since moving to Goodison Park on a £6m per year contract in the summer. Koeman guided Southampton to sixth- and seventh-placed finishes in his two Premier League seasons in charge but, having made overtures about extending a contract that had 12 months remaining, angered the club by accepting Everton’s offer of a bigger salary and transfer budget. Farhad Moshiri, the major shareholder at Goodison Park, also met Southampton’s demands for £5m compensation for their manager, the assistant Erwin Koeman and the coach Jan Kluitenberg.
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