Southamp­ton ap­point Hasen­hüttl

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - SOUTHAMP­TON, ENG­LAND (AP):

Southamp­ton hired Ralph Hasen­huttl as their fourth per­ma­nent man­ager in 18 months yes­ter­day, tasked with de­vel­op­ing the tal­ent to re­vive the strug­gling English Pre­mier League (EPL) club af­ter im­press­ing in Ger­many.

Mark Hughes was fired on Mon­day with Southamp­ton third to last in the stand­ings with only one win from 14 matches.

“The ur­gency to find a path back to our po­ten­tial and to the re­sults that we ex­pect can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated,” Southamp­ton chair­man Ralph Krueger said. “For that rea­son, we are ex­tremely pleased that Ralph Hasen­huttl has agreed to be­come our new man­ager and do all he can to help guide us back on that path.” The 51-yearold Hasen­huttl, who has been out of work since leav­ing Leipzig in May, signed a con­tract un­til the end of the 2021 sea­son. “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,” Krueger said.

Hasen­huttl achieved suc­cess coach­ing in Ger­many, lead­ing In­gol­stadt to Bun­desliga pro­mo­tion as Sec­ond Divi­sion cham­pion in 2015 and se­cur­ing sur­vival the fol­low­ing sea­son.

The Aus­trian took over newly pro­moted Leipzig in 2016, and fin­ished sec­ond in the club’s de­but Bun­desliga sea­son, en­sur­ing UEFA Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Faced with the added bur­den of Eu­ro­pean foot­ball, Hasen­huttl led the club to sixth place and a spot in this sea­son’s Eu­ropa League, but he left in May af­ter fail­ing to reach an agree­ment on a new deal.

Southamp­ton, who have been in the EPL since 2012, have had their squad slowly dis­man­tled by the coun­try’s rich­est clubs each sum­mer. Southamp­ton have at­tempted to re­place the play­ers the club sold for big money with cheaper ones from across Europe and be­yond, but it is a re­cruit­ment strat­egy that might have caught up with them.

“This man­ager change of­fers us a fresh start and, very quickly Ralph emerged as our ideal can­di­date,” Krueger said. “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.”


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