Russell Martin: Southampton set to nominate Swansea head coach | Soccer Information
Russell Martin has verbally agreed to develop into the brand new Southampton supervisor.
Discussions between Swansea and Southampton are ongoing over the problem of compensation, however it’s understood Martin might be confirmed as the brand new Saints boss within the subsequent 24 hours.
Martin has solely a 12 months left on his Swansea contract and he postponed a visit to the US the place he was resulting from focus on a contract extension with the membership’s American house owners.
Manchester Metropolis’s assistant supervisor, Enzo Maresca, was alongside Martin within the operating for the Southampton job, however he has now withdrawn from the method after deciding he needs one other season working with Pep Guardiola.
Martin’s Swansea facet completed in tenth place this season and ended the Championship season strongly, unbeaten in 9 video games with wins over West Brom and Norwich Metropolis throughout that run.
Saints’ PL run ends
Southampton have been relegated from the Premier League for the primary time for the reason that 2004-05 season, and third time from the top-flight general (additionally 1973-74). 2022-23 was their eleventh consecutive Premier League season.
Three managers have occupied the St Mary’s scorching seat this season and none of them have managed greater than three league wins with Ralph Hasenhuttl, Nathan Jones and Ruben Selles all failing to discover a successful system on the membership.
Selles has been in cost since Nathan Jones’ sacking in February however couldn’t steer the Saints away from relegation from the Premier League.
The Spaniard, who was appointed till the tip of the season, has mentioned he’s eager to get the position on a everlasting foundation and lead them within the Championship subsequent time period, however doesn’t wish to work beneath a brand new supervisor.
“The primary query of if I wish to keep as a coach if I’m not the supervisor…completely not,” he mentioned forward of Sunday’s go to to Brighton.
“If somebody has a doubt you possibly can put it there and if they do not know via me they’ll learn it within the media. I’ll attempt to make my profession as a supervisor, right here whether it is attainable and if not right here then in one other place.
“I do not assume it is insensitive, it’s what it’s, if I do not need folks to speak about it I ought to win extra soccer matches, I do know the enterprise, that is how it’s.
“We are going to discuss with the membership and make a evaluate after the Liverpool sport and that’s what I’m anticipating. Then if the membership needs to make any motion with or with out me I count on them to speak with me earlier than being made public.”
Southampton relegated – what has gone so badly unsuitable?
Southampton are a soccer membership burdened by hassle and strife. It has been that means since their European zenith beneath Ronald Koeman – an extension of the positive work Mauricio Pochettino had undertaken within the two seasons earlier than his arrival.
Saints are a far cry from the membership the Dutchman inherited again in 2014. And far from the place they themselves anticipated to be after establishing a quick foothold as one of many Premier League’s top-half groups.
A narrative that bought muddled earlier than reaching its fairytale conclusion.
Certainly, Southampton’s plight is a bit like a ‘as soon as upon a time’, much less the comfortable ending. A sequence of pinch factors with out the consolation of decision.
Learn extra on how Southampton have discovered themselves relegated again to the Championship…