Southampton confirmed on Friday morning that club chairman Ralph Krueger had now parted company with the club after the decision was taken to not extend his contract.
His deal officially ends on June 30, but following talks between shareholders Gao Jisheng and Katharina Liebherr, it has been decided that Southampton need to go in a new direction and with so many departures of late, it’s not that great a surprise to see the club restructuring at all levels as we look to get back on an upward curve.
Having been appointed as chairman back in February 2014, there’s been a lot of water under the bridge for fans with decisions taken and then decisions not taken, so a fresh broom is probably in the best interests of everyone at this stage.
Especially given the renewed hope for better under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and his clear intention to get back to basics and have more of a youth focus.
A statement from the club confirming the news explained.
“The shareholders and everyone involved with the club would like to put on record their thanks for Ralph’s leadership, dedication and hard work over his six years with Southampton. At the end of the season the club will release more information about the future leadership structure. However, for now, all our efforts and focus are on a strong finish to the season and remaining within the Premier League.”