Confirmed: Ralph Hasenhüttl is the new Southampton manager
The Austrian manager ended his impressive spell with RB Leipzig in the summer
Ralph Hasenhuttl is the new Southampton manager. Photograph: PA
Hasenhüttl will attend the match at Tottenham on Wednesday night but his first game in charge of the team will be at Cardiff on Saturday.
The 52-year-old, a former Austria international, had been out of work after leaving RB Leipzig in May after a dispute over a new contract. His previous coaching jobs include a spell at Ingolstadt, whom he led to the Bundesliga for the first time.
Southampton’s chairman, Ralph 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 … 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.”
He added: “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.”
Southampton are in the Premier League’s relegation zone with one victory from 14 matches this season.
Hasenhüttl guided newly-promoted RB Leipzig to second place in the Bundesliga in the 2016-17 season. The ex-Austria forward will be Saints’ fourth manager in two years with Claude Puel and Mauricio Pellegrino also being sacked since Ronald Koeman left for Everton in 2016.
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