Saints Officially Confirm Ralph Hasenhuttl
Wednesday, 5th Dec 2018 12:08
The worst kept secret in football has now been confirmed as official after Saints confirmed that Hasenhuttl will take over from Mark Hughes
The club issued the following statement
Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has appointed Ralph Hasenhüttl as its new First Team Manager.
Hasenhüttl has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with the club and will take over on Thursday.
The 51-year-old will be supported by existing First Team Assistant Coach Kelvin Davis, Head of Goalkeeping Dave Watson and Head of Sports Science Alek Gross.
Hasenhüttl has gained an exciting reputation in Germany for playing high-energy, attacking football whilst developing the young players within his squads. Most recently, he led RB Leipzig to the Europa League quarter-finals, having finished runners-up in the Bundesliga in his first season in charge.
RALPH'S ENTHUSIASM FOR FOOTBALL WAS CONTAGIOUS. IN OUR DISCUSSIONS, HE VERY QUICKLY ALIGNED HIMSELF WITH THE VALUES AND THE VISION OF THE CLUB.
“This manager change offers us a fresh start and, very quickly, Ralph emerged as our ideal candidate. As a coach, he embodies the passion, structure, communication skill set, work ethic and appetite for growth that we strive for in our Southampton Way. The quick, smooth and seamless negotiation process underlines the character of the person that he is.
“We have been aware of Ralph since his days at FC Ingolstadt, where he showed the qualities that we believe we need at the club. He has since gone on to develop those attributes with a track-record of success in the Bundesliga and with a progressive and ambitious club in RB Leipzig.
“Southampton Football Club’s past success was built on a clear identity. The foundation of this identity was a focus on developing players, whether from within our academy or after joining from other clubs. Ralph’s ability to teach the game and to develop talent is evident in his past and is a centrepiece of why he is the perfect choice to be the new Saints manager.”
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