Former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has been confirmed as the new manager of Southampton FC on a two-and-a-half year deal.
The Austrian will attend the match at Tottenham on Wednesday night and then officially take charge of the struggling Premier League side on Thursday, working alongside their first team assistant coach Kevin Davis, head of goalkeeping Dave Watson, and head of sports science Alek Gross.
The 51-year-old Austrian who has been out of work since leaving Leipzig in May, is replacing Mark Hughes who was sacked on Monday after a run of just three wins in the Premier League since his appointment eight months ago. Hughes was also sacked from his previous appointment at the helm of Stoke City.
The Saints, who drew with Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, are 18th in the PL table.
Southampton’s chairman, Ralph Krueger, said: ‘The urgency to find a path back to our potential and to the results that we expect cannot be underestimated.
‘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.
‘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 Ingolstadt, where he showed the qualities that we believe we need at the club.
‘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.’