Ralph Hasenhuttl | Charlie Crowhurst / Getty Images
Southampton has confirmed that manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has signed a new four-year contract at St. Mary's Stadium.
After spending most of the first half of the season in the relegation zone, a recent upswing helped put Southampton in 14th place before football was postponed, and they reached ninth place in February.
#SaintsFC is pleased to announce that Ralph Hasenhüttl has signed a new four-year contract with St Mary & # 39; s! ?
– Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) June 2, 2020
Rumor has it that talks took place in April, but Southampton has now gone to its official website to confirm the agreement, as well as an extension for assistant Richard Kitzbichler.
"It was an easy decision for me," said Hasenhüttl. "Simply because of the relationship that I have built with the club, the players and the fans, and also because of the relationship that they have built with me.
"When I arrived at the club, I said that we were beginning a long journey and also a journey that would bring emotions and hopefully joy. We already had a few moments to celebrate together and some that were emotional and also challenging.
Ralph Hasenhuttl | Jordan Mansfield / Getty Images
“The way we did this as a group of people was incredible to me, and I think we now have a solid foundation here that enables us to take the next steps in our progress as a team.
“For me, this is an important step on the way. My players, our employees and of course the fans have to understand my commitment to this club and to what we want to build together. We value the same philosophies, and this is one of the main reasons why I want to stay here, and I hope that we can share some very successful moments that are evolving. "
The club officials were very impressed with Hasenhüttl's commitment to turning things around in St. Mary’s. His commitment to helping the Saints regain their reputation as one of the best teams for young players has been well received at board level.
Michael Obafemi | Clive Mason / Getty Images
Yan Valery and Michael Obafemi have become regulars on the first team, and Hasenhüttl has made plans to keep the trend going.
He announced to BBC Radio Solent that he had created the SFC Playbook, which he later explained to the Daily Echo to help first-team players, academy stars, and coaches continue their development.
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