Southampton under-23s manager and former player Radhi Jaidi is leaving St Mary’s for a fresh challenge in America.
The ex-Tunisia international, who spent three years playing for Southampton between 2009-2012, has been charge of the club’s reserve side since 2017.
However, he will now move into senior football with Hartford Athletic, who play in the USL Championship – the second tier of the US football pyramid.
Southampton’s official website revealed the news yesterday, also claiming that Jaidi’s appointment signals the beginning of an ongoing partnership between both clubs.
“The move signals the first stage of developing a partnership between Hartford Athletic and the Southampton Academy, which may in the future involve player loans. It also allows the club to strengthen the identification of talented young players in the US whilst sharing knowledge and experience of young player development.” (via southamptonfc.com).
Hartford Athletic are relative newcomers in the US having been founded in 2018 and, under Jaidi’s guidance, will have aspirations of breaking into the MLS in the not-so-distant future.
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Current Under-23s Assistant Coach David Horseman will lead the Under-23s at Southampton on an interim basis, supported by Head of Player Development, David Hughes.
“The opportunity to become Head Coach of a senior team is an exciting proposition for Radhi and we wish him well for his spell with Hartford Athletic,” said Saints academy director Matt Hale (via southamptonfc.com).
Hartford Athletic Chairman and CEO Bruce Mandell said of Jaidi’s appointment: “We are thrilled to welcome Radhi to Hartford as our next Head Coach.
“We thank Southampton Football Club for putting their trust in our organisation and look forward to our growing relationship.”
This move signals an exciting new opportunity for Jaidi, who will no doubt relish being in charge of a senior team after earning his crust with Southampton’s under-23s during the previous two years.
It also opens up a fresh opportunity for the Saints’ academy prospects, who may have the chance to go on loan with Hartford Athletic in the future and gain valuable first-team experience in an exciting new league.
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