Southampton’s Koeman reveals he want Chelsea role while Allegri rules out job

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has thrown his hat in to become the next permanent manager of Chelsea FC.

The Blues are currently being managed by Guus Hiddink, but the Dutch boss is only in charge on a temporary basis at present.

Hiddink was offered the role on a permanent basis the last time he took over the club on similar terms, but was loyal to his other job of Russia at the time, and turned it down.

Koeman is hoping that his former boss will recommend him for the role, having played under the current caretaker boss at PSV previously.

Asked if he would want to go to Chelsea, Koeman said: “If Guus puts a good word in for me, that would be a big influence.

“It is certainly something that I always have at the back of my mind,” he said. “I always want to achieve the highest possible level. That has happened in Holland and that’s what I’d really like to achieve abroad.”

One manager who has seemingly ruled himself out of the job this summer is Massimo Allegri, who is currently in charge of Italian champions Juventus.

“I’m not thinking about the Chelsea rumours,” Allegri said.

“All of my thoughts are on Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.

“My entire focus is on Juve and nothing else. I have a contract here until 2017 and I feel good and happy at this club. It is normal to be linked [with other jobs] because that is the case when you are at Juve but I’m only thinking about what needs to be done here.”

Updated: January 23, 2016 — 12:01 pm
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