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Ralph Signs New Deal
Tuesday, 2nd Jun 2020 11:59

Southampton FA have announced that manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has signed a new four year deal with the club in what is a clear indication that Saints are now in a place where they can now start once again to formulate a longer term strategy.

The club Statement reads as follows

Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce that Ralph Hasenhüttl has signed a new four-year contract at St Mary’s.

The deal sees Hasenhüttl and the club further strengthen their commitment to each other, and to the long-term vision that has been developed for the first team and the wider football project.

Alongside Ralph, Richard Kitzbichler has also extended his contract as First Team Assistant Coach, and will continue to work alongside the existing first team staff of Craig Fleming, Dave Watson, Kelvin Davis, Andrew Sparkes and Alek Gross.

Southampton’s Chief Executive Officer Martin Semmens said:

“From day one, Ralph has had a positive impact on the club, everyone within it and our fans. He joined our club at a time when strong leadership was needed to drive the club forward. This he delivered, but it was the clarity of vision that has ultimately led us to this point.

“It is clear to me that Ralph believes in this club and is passionate about the project we have ahead of us. He understood who we are very quickly, and over the last six months has developed a vision for the club that we believe will lead us back to success on the pitch. A new philosophy on the pitch, but very much rooted in our values and history.

“To be competitive within the Premier League you simply cannot stand still. We need a clear plan that is rooted in hard work and the development of young players on and off the pitch. Ralph brings to us experience of winning, but more than that, an absolute commitment to his philosophy and the development of all age groups at the club.

"There has never been any question in my mind that Ralph is the right man to lead our club, and I look forward to working in partnership with him over the next four years. I know there is no one who will work harder to bring success back for our fans.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl said:

“This, for me, was a simple decision. Simple because of the relationship that I have built with the club, the players and the fans, and also because of the relationship they have built with me too.

“I said when I arrived at the club that we were at the beginning of a long journey, and also a journey that would bring emotion and hopefully enjoyment. We have already had some moments where we could celebrate together, and some that have been emotional and also challenging.

“The way we have handled this together as a group of people has been incredible for me, and I believe we now have strong foundations here that can allow us to take the next steps in our progress as a team.

“For me, this is an important step in the journey. My players, our staff, and of course the supporters must understand my commitment to this club and to what we are trying to build together.

“We value the same philosophies, and this is a big part of why I want to stay here, and I hope we can share in some very successful moments moving forward.”

A positive step from the club, hopefully we can move forward now with some continuty in the managers chair.

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saintsnutcase added 12:22 - Jun 2
The best news since the lockdown started!

TimSaint added 12:35 - Jun 2
Super News
Hopefully he will now be allowed to clear out all the deadwood and hangers on (at least 10 players) and replace them with 3/4/5 players that are suited to his style of play and mind set.

Consigliere added 12:47 - Jun 2
Good news indeed. I was one of those who thought he should go after the horrible night that shall not speak its name but as I admitted later, I was wrong and the Board took the correct decision. RH is a thoroughly decent and honourable man who has shown his commitment to the cause and ability to learn from his mistakes. His humility in the bad times and joy in the good has been an inspiration and I am very glad he remains with us.

codge added 12:48 - Jun 2
Great to hear, now we can get on with resuming football l hope.

HythePeer added 13:25 - Jun 2
🤦🏻‍♂️ Another 4 years of hoping there are 3 worse teams!

SaintPaulVW added 16:37 - Jun 2
Great news. Hopefully he can be given some backing to build a squad of his choosing.

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