CHERRIES will come up against Ronald Koeman in pre-season after the Dutch legend was today named the new boss of Southampton.
The 51-year-old, who as a player won Euro 88 as well as European Cups with PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona, will be in the dugout on July 25 when Saints visit Dean Court (7.45pm).
It will be Koeman’s second match in charge of Cherries’ south coast rivals since replacing Mauricio Pochettino, who left for Tottenham in May.
The former defender has been joined at St Mary's by older brother Erwin, who has been named assistant, while Jan Kluitenberg will be an assistant and a fitness coach.
During a 14-year managerial career, Koeman has won the Dutch title with both Ajax and PSV and the Copa del Rey at Valencia, while he has also coached Vitesse, Benfica and AZ Alkmaar.
"From my very first meeting with (executive director) Les Reed, I could see clearly that this was the right club for me,” said Koeman.
“We share the same philosophy of football and the same belief in how to develop the club.
"The opportunity to continue the development of this famous football club was simply too good to turn down. I cannot wait to get started."