Wolfsburg appoint ex-Southampton boss as new manager

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The former Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, has been named as the new head coach of Wolfsburg.

At 56 years old, the Austrian takes over from Niko Kovac at the Volkswagen Arena after a 15-month hiatus from coaching.

Hasenhuttl previously guided RB Leipzig to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga in 2017 before taking charge of Southampton the following year.

Kovac was dismissed following a 3-1 defeat at home to Augsburg, which left Wolfsburg languishing in 14th place.

After leaving the club, the Croat said: “I, as head coach, am particularly disappointed that we haven’t managed to turn things around, despite some promising signs. We wish the team, the whole club and their fans all the best for the rest of this season and beyond.”

Wolfsburg holds a slender six-point lead over Mainz, who currently sit in 16th place. The team finishing in that position will enter the relegation playoff.

When Hasenhuttl was appointed as the new manager at St Mary’s in December 2018, he became the Premier League’s first Austrian manager.

Southampton parted ways with him four years later, and his appointment at Wolfsburg marks his return to management.