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Hasenhuttl appointed Southampton manager

5 Dec 2018
Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton

Austrian is Mark Hughes's replacement at St Mary’s Stadium after two successful years with RB Leipzig

Southampton have appointed Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager.

The 51-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Southampton, following Mark Hughes's departure on Monday.

He will be supported by existing first-team assistant coach Kelvin Davis, head of goalkeeping Dave Watson and head of sports science Alek Gross.

"This manager change offers us a fresh start and, very quickly, Ralph emerged as our ideal candidate," Saints chairman Ralph Krueger told the club's official website.

"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."

Hasenhuttl becomes the Premier League's first Austrian manager.

He led promoted RB Leipzig to second place in the Bundesliga in his debut 2016/17 season, before guiding them to sixth in 2017/18. He left the club in May.

Hasenhuttl will officially take charge on Thursday. His first PL match will be when Southampton visit Cardiff City on Saturday, 8 December.

Saints currently lie 18th in the table and play Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.

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