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Ralph Hasenhuttl has been announced as the new Southampton boss
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Southampton have confirmed Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager as he signed a two-and-a-half year deal to replace Mark Hughes at St Mary's.

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger said the club selected the 51-year-old former RB Leipzig coach due to his high-energy footballing philosophy and his ability in bringing through young players.

The team also confirmed that assistant coach Kelvin Davis, goalkeeper coach Dave Watson and sports scientist Alek Gross will all remain on the backroom staff.

Hasenhuttl led RB Leipzig to the quarter-finals of the Europa League and also guided them to an incredible runners-up finish in the Bundesliga in his first season in charge.

Chairman Ralph Krueger explained the decision in a statement on the club website, saying: “The urgency to find a path back to our potential and to the results that we expect cannot be underestimated.

"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.


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“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.

“As soon as we met, Ralph’s enthusiasm for football was contagious and his hunger to take on a new and challenging job in the Premier League was evident. In our discussions, he very quickly aligned himself with the values and the vision of the club. 

“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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