Southampton fans react as Radhi Jaidi agrees in principle to Hartford Athletic secondment

Radhi Jaidi, Head Coach of Southampton U23 looks on prior to the Premier League 2 match between Wolverhampton Wanderers U23 and Southampton U23 at Molineux on March 11, 2019 in...

The Southampton Under-23s coach is set to depart St Mary's Stadium for a 12-month secondment.

Radhi Jaidi, Head Coach of Southampton U23 looks on prior to the Premier League 2 match between Wolverhampton Wanderers U23 and Southampton U23 at Molineux on March 11, 2019 in...

A number of Southampton fans have taken to Twitter to comment on the news that Radhi Jaidi has reached an agreement in principle to be coach of United States second-tier side Hartford Athletic.

As confirmed by the Saints' official website on Friday, Jaidi will take the reins at the Connecticut-based club on a 12-month secondment, subject to the completion of relevant documentation.

Southampton stated that 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.

 

The Premier League club added that the move also allows them to strengthen the identification of talented young players in the US whilst sharing knowledge and experience of young player development.

In the meantime, current Under-23s Assistant Coach David Horseman will lead the Under-23s on an interim basis and be supported by Head of Player Development David Hughes, stated the club.

Here is what some Saints fans wrote on social media following the announcement:

"I have seen the fans in action and cannot wait to be part of the atmosphere at Dillon Stadium," Jaidi is quoted by BBC Sport as saying.

"We have a big task at hand, and there is so much potential in Hartford and in the USL Championship overall. Thank you to Hartford Athletic and to Southampton Football Club for the opportunity."

Radhi Jaidi, Head Coach of Southampton U23 looks on prior to the Premier League 2 match between Wolverhampton Wanderers U23 and Southampton U23 at Molineux on March 11, 2019 in...

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