Southampton agree new manager deal after late Maresca twist

Russell Martin has agreed a three-year deal with Southampton and he will be announced as their new manager shortly, Sources told Football Insider.

Saints will pay Swansea City a six-figure fee as compensation, with the 37-year-old still remaining a year away from his contract with Swansea.

Southampton turned to Martin after Manchester City assistant coach Enzo Maresca turned down the role, as exclusive reveal football insider.

Sources told SciDev.Net on Monday (May 22) that the 43-year-old Italian rejected an offer from the relegated team to stay with the newly crowned Premier League champions.

Southampton have appointed Manchester City youth director Jason Wilcox as their new director of football – with the former England international set to start on the south coast after serving a notice period.

Wilcox will work closely with Martin and is expected to have a busy summer of transfer business at St Mary’s.

saints have moved to confirm After the last day of the season (May 28), current boss Ruben Seles left.

Seles becomes Southampton’s third permanent appointment for the 2022-23 season in February, following the earlier sackings of Nathan Jones and Ralph Hasenhertl.

However, the Espanyol could not prevent relegation to the Championship – with the south coast club returning to the Second Division for the first time since 2012.

Martin, meanwhile, has established himself as an exciting force in management since retiring in 2019 to take the job with the MK Dons.

He played a possession-based style of football and his Swansea team recorded second highest property The proportion of the Championship this season (63.8%).

Martin, who guided the Swans to 15th and 10th in the Second Division, will now take charge of Southampton – one of the first favorites to return to the Premier League.

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