Southampton have lost their assistant manager Danny Rohl today after the reports suggest he has returned to Germany.
The Daily Echo reports that the reasons are unclear for Hasenhuttl’s number two to depart, but they have added that the Austrian will not be looking for a replacement.
Hasenhuttl and Rohl had previously worked together at RB Leipzig, helping the club finish second in the Bundesliga, and when Hasenhuttl took the job at St Mary’s Rohl duly followed.
Now, according to the report, Hasenhuttl will be the figurehead for the management team with a series of coaches who will perform under him. It suggests that he has been happy with the way the staff have settled into their new jobs and that he has no problems by leading the team by himself.
Resultingly, Craig Fleming, who has stepped up from an academy coach to a first-team coach temporarily since Hasenhuttl joined the club, has now landed that job permanently. There have been no other changes to the coaching staff.
This has to come as a surprise for Southampton considering that it was confirmed that Rohl would continue as the assistant coach when the new coaching set-up was announced by the club on July 1. Indeed, the report itself even describes his departure as an ‘unexpected development’.
According to his profile on the coaching website Training Ground Guru, his background was largely as an analyst and, at his age, he is part of the younger generation of German coaching alongside the likes of former Schalke boss Domenic Tedesco and RB Leipzig chief Julian Nagelsmann.
This news is rather untimely for the club, so close to the new season and they also appear to still have some business to do in the transfer window. The club want to get Charlie Austin and Mario Lemina off the books (Daily Echo) and the club are showing interest in a number of players, such as 18-year-old Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile (Soccerlink) and Alexis Claude-Marice from Lorient (Calcio Mercato).
It’s hard to tell how impactful this departure will be on Southampton considering there is little information on why or how Rohl has left the club. Ultimately, though, your assistant manager leaving the week before the start of the new campaign is hardly ideal preparation.
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