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Jose Mourinho: 'Ronald Koeman deserves manager award'

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes that Southampton chief Ronald Koeman is deserving of the Premier League Manager of the Month award for September.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he is happy that Southampton coach Ronald Koeman pipped him to the Premier League Manager of the Month award for September.

The Saints moved to as high as second in the league standings last month, and Mourinho has revealed that he is pleased for the Dutchman who only moved to St Mary's Stadium in the summer.

The 51-year-old told reporters: "Ronald Koeman deserves the award. He's a great guy and a good friend.

"The second reason that I'm happy is that the Manager of the Month always loses the next match. Swansea boss Garry Monk lost against us."

Southampton will hope to continue their good form at home to Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

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Ronald Koeman, manager of Southampton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on August 17, 2014
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