Southampton have today confirmed that their Director of Football Operations, Ross Wilson, has left the club.
In an official statement written on the club’s website, and later posted on Twitter, the south coast club confirmed that Wilson has left to join Glasgow Rangers, back home in his native of Scotland.
Having joined Southampton in 2015, initially as Director of Scouting and Recruitment, Wilson went on to oversee the club’s football operations following a restructure at the club in late-2018.
The Saints’ CEO, Martin Semmens, said of Wilson’s departure: “From the moment Ross made me aware of the opportunity to return home to Scotland, it was clear that this was an opportunity he could not turn down at this time.
“I would like to put on record, on behalf of everyone involved in the club, our thanks for the tireless hard work and energy Ross has given to Saints over the last five years. Ross will leave the club with our best wishes on Tuesday 15th October.
“As the club has made clear over the past six months, we are reviewing all our football and non-football operations, to make sure we are best placed to enable a successful future for The Southampton Way. We will now seek to appoint a new Football Director in keeping with this vision for the club.
“We will update our fans when we can on any future appointment.
“For now, the expert and experienced team around Ralph Hasenhüttl will continue to support him to drive the team forward and up the Premier League table.”
Wilson added: “It has been a privilege to work for Southampton FC. In good times and in more difficult times I have enjoyed the challenge working alongside our outstanding staff with whom it has been so energising to work with behind the scenes. I will be forever indebted for their work, unwavering support and friendship.
“The club will continue to move forward with a strong board in place and an excellent Manager in Ralph Hasenhüttl driving the team. Our Academy has a proud tradition and is heading in a positive direction and delivering players for the First Team.
“Finally, I moved to the South Coast with no connection to Saints but leave a Saints fan, having made friends for life at the club. This is a special football club and I am proud to have been part of it.”
It is clear by Semmens’ comments that Wilson is held in high regard at St Mary’s, and after all the hard work he has done, which included overseeing the transfers of both Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings from Norwich and Liverpool respectively – two players who are massively important to the current squad – it’s clear to understand why.
Indeed, with Ings netting against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea this season and Redmond amassing 10 goal contributions in the Premier League last term, Wilson has found two influential attackers.
He now has a great opportunity to be part of something special back home in Scotland with Rangers, who currently find themselves top of the SPL and in with a great chance of winning the division under Steven Gerrard’s guidance this campaign.
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