Southampton appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager

Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal. The Austrian takes over from Mark Hughes, who was sacked on Monday.

Hasenhuttl will attend the match at Tottenham on Wednesday night but will officially take charge on Thursday and his first game will be at Cardiff on Saturday. The coach Kelvin Davis, who is in interim charge, will be his assistant.

Hasenhuttl, 52, a former Austria international, had been out of work after leaving RB Leipzig in May. 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.

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