Southampton close to naming Martin as new boss-News

Russell Martin took over at Swansea in August 2021

Southampton are close to announcing that they have appointed Swansea City manager Russell Martin as their new manager.

Saints have turned to Martin as they rebuild after relegation from the Premier League, with the 37-year-old set to replace the departed Ruben Selles.

They have confirmed that the Spaniard’s contract will not be extended at the end of the season.

Former Scotland defender Martin will join up at Southampton with some of his Swansea back team.

Southampton will pay compensation to Martin and his staff, whose Swansea contracts run until 2024.

Martin was due to travel to the USA last week to discuss his future with Swansea’s American ownership group, but the trip was called off.

He has said on several occasions that he would like to extend his time in Wales, but there is no new deal.

Former Norwich City captain Martin has signed a three-year contract after leaving MK Dons to replace Steve Cooper at Swansea in August 2021.

He guided Swansea to 15th in his first year as Championship boss and then 10th in the campaign just ended.

Swansea started the season with promise, climbing to fourth in October, a long-term relegation before Martin’s side ended 2022-23 with a nine-game unbeaten run.

His team played the type of football that has been the club’s trademark for the past 15 years, and his commitment to that style is believed to be a welcome addition to Southampton’s management.

In a brief statement announcing 39-year-old Selles’ departure, Southampton said: “The club would like to credit Ruben for taking over as manager at a difficult time for the club and for giving his all to stay in the Premier League.

“Ruben will take charge of the team in Sunday’s final against Liverpool at St Mary’s. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

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