Ralph Hasenhüttl has been confirmed as the new manager at Southampton, following the departure of Mark Hughes from the Premier League club.

The 51-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with the club and will take over on Thursday, following tonight's league match against Tottenham.

Hasenhüttl recently led RB Leipzig to the Europa League quarter-finals, having finished runners-up in the Bundesliga in his first season in charge. 

The 51-year-old will be supported by existing First Team Assistant Coach Kelvin Davis, Head of Goalkeeping Dave Watson and Head of Sports Science Alek Gross.

"This manager change offers us a fresh start and, very quickly," said chairman Ralph Krueger. 

"Ralph emerged as our ideal candidate. As a coach, he embodies the passion, structure, communication skill set, work ethic and appetite for growth that we strive for in our Southampton way. The quick, smooth and seamless negotiation process underlines the character of the person that he is.

"We have been aware of Ralph since his days at FC Ingolstadt, where he showed the qualities that we believe we need at the club. He has since gone on to develop those attributes with a track-record of success in the Bundesliga and with a progressive and ambitious club in RB Leipzig.

"As soon as we met, Ralph’s enthusiasm for football was contagious and his hunger to take on a new and challenging job in the Premier League was evident. In our discussions, he very quickly aligned himself with the values and the vision of the club."