As confirmed by the Saints official website, the Austrian joins the coaching staff, in which he will also work as opposition analyst, the move coming about following the departure of Danny Rohl this summer.
Kitzbichler links up with Southampton following two years with Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan and an eight-year spell in his homeland with Red Bull Salzburg, first as analyst after seeing out his playing career there, and then as assistant coach to Oscar Garcia.
He joins a Saints backroom staff setup featuring first team coaches Dave Watson, Craig Fleming and Kelvin Davis, and goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes, as well as head of sports science Alek Gross and head of first team analysis Scott Waters.
Here is what some Southampton fans said on social media regarding the announcement:
Welcome to the club, Richard!— Myles Bowman (@myles_cb) August 23, 2019
I’ve a feeling I may spell this wrong a few times this season but welcome— 1885theartof (@1885theartof) August 23, 2019
So he’s not an assistant manager, he’s a First Team Assistant Coach, liken to Watson, Fleming and Davis? Got my hopes up for a moment— Ryan Rodwell (@ryan_rodwell) August 23, 2019
It looks like he will work in the same capacity as Danny Rohl when it comes to tactics and opposition analysis. Don't know much about him but it's definitely good news.— Myles Bowman (@myles_cb) August 23, 2019
Welcome Richard! This is great news ⚪️— JBsRednWhiteSFC (@SailorGirl30) August 23, 2019
Welcome if hes good enough for ralph hes good enough for me hopefully he will help ralph concentrate just solely on team now less pressure— Kevvy-gee (@kevvygrindrod) August 23, 2019
Good ! ✅— Paul Stewart Gallery ⬛️⬜️ (@pstewartgallery) August 23, 2019
Oh— MoveRoot - The Korean Saints (@MoveRoot) August 23, 2019
Don't know them but any help for Ralph is welcome.— Kevin G Hawkins (@KevinGHawkins49) August 23, 2019
Southampton, one of four teams to have started the new Premier League season with two consecutive defeats, are back in action on Saturday away at south coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.
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