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Tuesday 01 July 2014

Koeman adds to his coaching staff at Southampton with Lee and Watson

Former Bolton Wanderers manager joins as assistant coach while Watson is goalkeeping coach

From left to right: Sammy Lee, Martin Hunter, Erwin Koeman, Dave Watson, Ronald Koeman and Jan Kluitenberg

New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has strengthened his backroom staff with the additions of Sammy Lee and Dave Watson.

Lee becomes first-team assistant coach, while Watson will be the senior goalkeeping coach and will work alongside Koeman, as well as his brother Erwin Koeman and Jan Kluitenberg, who joined the Dutchman this month.

Southampton have also announced that Martin Hunter, the coach of the Under-21s has been appointed technical director.

"That we can attract Sammy and Dave to Southampton is testament to our ambition to continue growing"
Les Reed

Lee, 55, joins Southampton after a two-year spell as head of academy coaching at Bolton Wanderers, where he was also manager in 2007. He also spent 14 years on the coaching staff at Liverpool after a decade there as a player.

Watson, 40, is the goalkeeping coach with the England senior team, and joins Southampton after two years at Norwich City.

"I am extremely happy that we have been able to appoint three highly respected and talented coaches to these important positions in our coaching structure," Southampton executive director Les Reed said. "Sammy has a wealth of experience from his time with Liverpool and Bolton, as well as from his long association with the England team.

"He will work closely with Ronald, Erwin and Jan, and will play a big part in the day-to-day coaching of the first team. Despite his relatively young age, Dave has already built up an impressive CV and is regarded as one of the most talented goalkeeping coaches in Europe.

"That we have been able to attract Sammy and Dave to Southampton is testament to our ambition to continue growing as a club, and shows our commitment to develop talented footballers at all age levels.

"In addition, Martin is one of the most highly-qualified coaches in the English game and, after a successful time in charge of our under-21s, he will now play a big part in how coaching is delivered right from the first team down through the academy. He will work closely with the first-team coaching staff, but will play a wider role in ensuring that our teams play in The Southampton Way at all levels."

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