Southampton name Ralph Hasenhuttl as replacement for Mark Hughes

Southampton name Ralph Hasenhuttl as replacement for Mark Hughes

- Ex-RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has agreed to become new head coach at Southampton

- Former boss Mark Hughes parted ways with the Saints after he was sacked on Monday.

- The 51-year-old Hasenhuttl penned a two-and-a-half year deal with Southampton to lead their Premier League survival bid

Premier League campaigners, Southampton have named Ralph Hasenhuttl as replacement for Mark Hughes, who parted ways with the Saints on Monday.

According to The Mirror report, the 51-year-old Hasenhuttl has now penned a two-and-a-half year deal, to help the Saints battle the dreaded drop to the Championship.

Speaking after Hasenhuttl’s arrival, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger highlighted the importance of his appointment ahead of the busy end-of-the-year hostilities.

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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 Hasenhüttl 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.

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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,” he summed up.

Interestingly, Hasenhüttl has previously managed Unterhaching, Aalen, Ingolstadt and RB Leipzig –the last club he coached in the German topflight.

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Southampton will trade tackles with Tottenham at the Wembley on Wednesday, as they continue the hunt for needed points to avoid the drop.

Meanwhile, previously had reported that Premier League club Southampton sacked their manager Mark Hughes after recording series of poor results in all competitions.

The Saints blew away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against Manchester United in a league fixture played at Saint Mary's.

Southampton are currently rooted to third from the bottom of the table with nine points from 14 matches.

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