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Southampton likely to appoint Russell Martin as manager next week

Russell Martin makes damning admission after Reading defeat

According to The Athletic, Southampton are likely to appoint Russell Martin as their new manager next week. 

The 37-year-old was originally set to travel to the United States to meet with Swansea City’s owners to discuss a new contract, but he remains in the United Kingdom. 

Martin joined the Swans in August 2021, leading his side to a 15th-place finish in his first season at the club. 

He guided the Welsh outfit to 10th place this season, narrowly missing out on a play-off spot. 

The English boss has a year left on his contract at the Championship club but is expected to leave this summer. 

Southampton reportedly haven’t made a formal approach, but the expectation within the club is that he will join. 

The Saints want to implement a possession-based style, and the English manager fits that criteria. 

He will replace Ruben Selles, who was given interim charge after the dismissal of Nathan Jones in February. 

The Spaniard started his new reign with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea and was handed a short-term deal until the end of the season

However, he led his side to a disastrous run that confirmed the Hampshire outfit will play in the second tier next season. 

The Saints have been linked with Sunderland’s Tony Mowbray, Luton Town boss Rob Edwards and Plymouth Argyle’s Steven Schumacher.

But it appears Martin will take over the club as their new manager for the 2023-24 season. 

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