Southampton are set to appoint Swansea boss Russell Martin on a three-year deal next week after confirming Ruben Selles’ contract will NOT be renewed when it expires at the end of the season
- Southampton have confirmed that Ruben Selles’ deal will not be renewed
- The Spaniard will leave the Saints when the current campaign comes to an end
- The club are interested in bringing in Swansea’s Russell Martin as replacement
Russell Martin is poised to become Southampton’s new head coach on a three-year deal.
It is understood that the former Scotland international is expected to seal the move on Wednesday afternoon.
He will join from Swansea as the Saints move quickly to prepare for life in the Championship.
Martin verbally agreed to take over at St Mary’s over the weekend but the clubs remained in discussions over compensation.
Martin guided Swansea to 10th in the Championship last season despite having a bottom-four budget and the youngest squad in the division.
Russell Martin is poised to become Southampton’s new head coach on a three-year deal
He has been praised for his style and Southampton will be hoping the 37-year-old can guide them back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
They will finish bottom of the Premier League after a disastrous season which has seen them use three managers.
Nathan Jones replaced Ralph Hasenhuttl in November but lasted just 14 games, winning one, and was sacked in February. Ruben Selles took charge for the final months of the campaign but was unable to keep Saints up.
On Monday, chief executive Martin Semmens stepped down from his role following relegation having been in the post since 2019.
The Saints have also confirmed Selles will leave the end of the season after talks.
A statement read: ‘Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has held conversations with Men’s First Team Manager, Ruben Selles, and decided that his contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the season.
‘The club wants to place on record its thanks to Ruben for taking on the managerial position at a difficult time for the club and for giving his all as we attempted to stay in the Premier League.
‘Ruben will take charge of the team for the final game against Liverpool on Sunday at St Mary’s. We wish him all the best for his future career.’
Saints confirmed on Monday that Ruben Selles’ deal will not be renewed when it expires
The Saints released a lengthy statement that wished Selles well for ‘his future career’
Mail Sport revealed on Sunday that Southampton are expected to appoint Martin as their new manager at the start of this week.
Martin, the 37-year old Swansea City boss, has one year left on contract and Southampton are understood to be ready make their formal approach and wrap up compensation over the next 48 hours.
Southampton had also sounded out Manchester City coach Enzo Maresca after shortlisting him earlier in the season when they sacked Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The Italian has been a key component of Pep Guardiola’s backroom team and had kept the City boss informed. The Premier League champions now want Maresca to stay on for another season.
Meanwhile, Martin had been due to fly to Washington Thursday to discuss plans and budgets with Swansea’s owners but remained in the UK as Southampton stepped up their interest.
The Saints have been searching for stability since Hasenhuttl’s departure mid-way through the top-flight campaign.
Martin will join from Swansea as Saints move quickly to prepare for life in the Championship
The Austrian was sacked in November, with the Saints sat within the relegation zone. Selles came in on a temporary basis before Nathan Jones was appointed full-time.
Jones’ stint at St Mary’s was nothing short of disastrous, as he quickly fell out with players and staff at the club – while they also faltered in their performances.
His five league wins – from 14 matches – did little to help Southampton’s fight for survival in the Premier League and eventually saw him get sacked from the club.
Luton boss Jones has emerged as a candidate to replace Martin at Swansea, should he take up the vacant role at Southampton.