SOUTHAMPTON APPOINTS RALPH HASENHUTTL AS MANAGER

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Ralph Hasenhuttl, former coach of German Bundesliga team RB Leipzig has been appointed Southampton new Manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Former Southampton coach Mark Hughes was sacked on Monday after eight months as coach. The club currently sits at 18th position on the league table with only two wins this season.

The 51 years old Australian has been out of work since he left RB Leipzig in May, ending a two-year spell at the German club.

Ralph Krueger, Southampton Chairman said he hired him because of "His hunger to take on a new and challenging job in the Premier League was evident. In our discussions, he quickly aligned himself with the values and the vision of the club."

Hasenhuttl remarkably led Leipzig to a second-place finish in the German Bundesliga in his first season as coach after they were promoted from the second tier.

He led Leipzig to a sixth place finish in his second and final season at the club before leaving after a failed contract negotiation

"As soon as we met, Ralph’s enthusiasm for football was contagious," Ralph Krueger said.

"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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