Everton boss Ronald Koeman insists he will not be thinking about revenge when the Toffees take on his former club Southampton at Goodison Park on Monday.
The Dutchman spent two successful years managing the Saints, guiding them to seventh and sixth-place finishes respectively before he left the club to join Everton in the summer.
Koeman’s first return to St Mary’s Stadium as Toffees boss ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat, but the 53-year-old insists he is not seeking revenge on Monday, despite admitting his side produced one of their worst displays of the season on the South Coast.
“It’s not about revenge,” Koeman said. “Of course it’s always special. I was manager at Southampton for two seasons in a row. But we (Everton) had a really poor game there. Maybe it was one of the worst of the season, the whole team performance.”
The former Dutch international is expecting Monday’s game to be a totally different affair as Everton look to return to winning ways following their 2-2 draw at Hull on Friday night. “But this game will be totally different,” he added.
Everton have only lost three of their last 14 matches against the Saints, including the 1-0 defeat in November, and they are priced at 2.25 to secure a victory on Monday, while Claude Puel’s men are available at 3.40 and the draw is on offer at 3.25.