Southampton have confirmed Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager on a two-and-a-half year deal. The former RB Leipzig boss replaces Mark Hughes, who was sacked on Monday with Saints 18th in the table. Hasenhuttl will officially take charge on Thursday but will watch Wednesday night’s game at Tottenham from the Wembley stands.
The Austrian will work alongside current first team assistant coach Kelvin Davis, head of goalkeeping Dave Watson, and head of sports science Alek Gross. Hasenhuttl guided newly-promoted RB Leipzig to second place in the Bundesliga in the 2016-17 season, before leaving the club in May this year after a dispute over a new contract.
The fifty-one-year-old becomes Southampton’s fourth manager in just two years, with Claude Puel and Mauricio Pellegrino having also been sacked since Ronald Koeman left for Everton in 2016.