Russell Martin appointed Southampton FC first team manager!

Southampton FC have announced that Russell Martin has been appointed as its new Men’s First Team Manager.

The 37-year-old joins on a contract that runs until summer 2026 at St Mary’s, after the club reached an agreement to secure his services.

Martin has spent the past two seasons as head coach of the Welsh club Swansea City, earning widespread acclaim for the team’s progress and style of play during that time, as he led them to within three points of an unlikely Championship playoff berth in the most recent campaign.

Prior to his time there, Martin impressed in his first managerial role, spending a season-and-a-half at MK Dons in League One, overseeing significant improvement in the side’s performances.

Southampton FC chairman Henrik Kraft said, “We are extremely excited to welcome Russell to Southampton FC.”

“Russell was the stand-out candidate throughout our recruitment process and we are confident his strong track record, alongside the experienced leadership of our new Director of Football, Jason Wilcox, will deliver great results.”

Director of Football, Jason Wilcox, added, “Russell has shown fantastic qualities in his managerial career so far and is someone who we believe will thrive in the great environment we have here at Southampton FC.”

“He is a fantastic fit for what we are trying to achieve, with a strong record of developing and nurturing young, talented players to fulfil their potential and deliver results on the pitch.”

“We can’t wait for Russell to get started working with the team at Staplewood as we get ready for the new season.”

Russell Martin added, “It’s a privilege to accept this opportunity at Southampton, a club with such a long and rich history.”

“My aim is to get this club back where it belongs – in the top flight of English football.”

“I am ready for this challenge and will give everything to achieve this aim and to give the supporters a team that makes them proud.”

“I’m thrilled to be here and cannot wait for the work to begin.”

Southampton FC anticipates an exciting era under the guidance of Russell Martin and hope fans will give him a warm welcome to the club. Further announcements regarding the coaching staff and pre-season preparations will follow in due course.

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