Southampton staff profiles

Pen pics of Southampton's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff. To see staff profiles for other clubs, click here.

MANAGER/ FOOTBALL DIRECTOR 

MANAGER

Ralph Hassenhuttl

Nationality: Austrian

Took over from the sacked Mark Hughes in December 2018. A former centre forward who won eight caps for his native Austria. Began his coaching career with Unterhaching in Germany, before moving onto VfR Aalen and FC Ingolstadt. Really made his name at RB Leipzig, leading them to runners-up spot in the Bundesliga in his first season in charge, in 2016/17.

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS

Ross Wilson

Nationality: Scottish

Despite still being in his 30s, Wilson has already been Business Director at Watford and Head of Football Operations at Huddersfield. Moved to the south coast in March 2015 and is responsible for scouting and recruitment, performance analysis and contract negotiation.

ASSISTANTS

ASSISTANT

Danny Röhl

Nationality: German

The only member of staff to arrive with Hassenhuttl. Previously worked with the Austrian at RB Leipzig, having been there since 2010. His background is as an analyst and he's still only 29.

ASSISTANT

Kelvin Davis

Nationality: English

Former keeper made 271 appearances for the Saints. Appointed senior first team coach in December 2017 and stayed on under Hughes.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Dave Watson

Nationality: English

Joined Southampton from Norwich in 2014 and promoted to Head of Goalkeeping in 2016. Worked with Roy Hodgson's England at the 2014 World Cup. Spent a decade as keeper for hometown club Barnsley and won five caps for England Under-21s.

MEDICAL AND PERFORMANCE

HIGH PERFORMANCE MANAGER

Mark Jarvis

Nationality: English

Arrived from the English Institute of Sport in August 2018 to become Southampton's strategic performance leader. Was an S&C coach at West Brom from 2010 to 2013 and rose through the ranks during 14 years with the EIS. His last role there was as Director of Performance Solutions.

DIRECTOR OF PERFORMANCE SCIENCE

Mo Gimpel

Nationality: English

A Southampton institution, having spent the last 21 years was the club. Has worked as first team physio, Head of Sports Medicine and latterly as Head of Performance Science. At the end of 2018 he moved to more of a research role, with Mark Jarvis coming in as High Performance Manager.

FIRST TEAM DOCTOR

Thamindu Wedatilake

Nationality: English

Clinician who works within both the NHS and elite sports. Previously worked with the EIS and ECB. Former Director of Medical Services Steve Baynes now does one day a week as a consultant with the club.

HEAD OF SPORTS SCIENCE AND FITNESS

Alek Gross

Nationality: English

Works as first-team head of sport science and S&C coach. First joined in June 2013 as lead Academy S&C coach.

HEAD OF PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES

Steve Wright

Nationality: English

Moved to St Mary's in 2014 from West Brom. Also head of medical services for the foundation phase.

SENIOR FIRST TEAM PHYSIO

Steve Sparks

Nationality: English

Lead rehab and movement specialist. Promoted to first team in August 2018, having first joined the Academy in 2010.

SENIOR FIRST TEAM PHYSIO

Kevin Mulholland

Nationality: Irish

Joined Southampton from Sheffield Wednesday in June 2016. Also head physio for Ireland U21s.

SPORT SCIENTIST

Bill Styles

Nationality: English

Experienced practitioner. Assistant to Kenny McMillan at Celtic before moving to Southampton.

SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST

Gianni Fenu

Nationality: Italian

Joined from Huddersfield in 2016. Has extensive experience in rugby league, having worked for Bradford Bull and Leeds Rhinos.

THERAPIST

Chris Lovegrove

Nationality: English

Long-standing member of staff. Explains in this video how the department has changed during his time at the club.

SPORTS THERAPIST

Jack Curson

Nationality: English

Joined club in 2017 after five years with Reading.

ANALYSTS

HEAD OF PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

Natasha Patel

Nationality: English

Joined the club in August 2011 and promoted to Head of Performance Analysis in 2016. Formerly worked as a netball analyst for Team Bath.

HEAD OF FIRST TEAM ANALYSIS

Scott Waters

Nationality: English

Joined in August 2011. Responsible for all pre, live and post-match analysis for the first team.

DATA SCIENTIST

Laura Bowen

Nationality: English

Worked as an Academy GPS analyst at Aston Villa for 15 months before joining Southampton in September 2014. Promoted to first-team data scientist in July 2016. Studying for a PhD at Birmingham University and says "overarching goal is to optimise movement and reduce injury occurrence by identifying the patterns of key factors prior an injury".

ANALYST

Tobias Loveland

Nationality: English

Joined at the start of the 2018/19 season. Had been with Bristol City since July 2014.

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