Hasenhuttl signs new 4-year Southampton deal




Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has signed a new four-year contract to keep him at the club until 2024.

The 52-year-old has been in charge of Saints for 16 months after succeeding Mark Hughes at St Mary’s in December 2018.

Hasenhuttl has established himself as a popular figure on the south coast and impressively steered the ship back on course after October’s record-breaking 9-0 home loss to Leicester.

The Austrian told Southampton’s website: “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.

“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.”

Saints chief executive Martin Semmens added: “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.”

Southampton sit in 14th place ahead of the Premier League’s resumption later this month.

Hasenhuttl’s side have a seven-point cushion above the relegation zone with nine matches remaining.

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