The Southampton Under-23s coach is set to depart St Mary's Stadium for a 12-month secondment.
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.
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:
Good luck to the big man! I doubt there is a #saintsfc fan anywhere who doesn't love Radhi! Mind you it's rather chilly over there! What an experience tho!!— Philip Binns (@Binnsphilip) 8 November 2019
Something just ain’t right at the club atm ♂️— paul cook (@Paul1cook) 8 November 2019
I'm not concerned about this one bit. The academy has dried up. I'm not saying he hasn't done a decent job but there doesn't seem to be much communication between him and Hasenhuttl. No one is breaking into the squad. Maybe we need someone better qualified to help development— Tom Forder (@tomforder69) 8 November 2019
What a good time for Radhi to have that twitter handle— TP (@thepublocal) 8 November 2019
Good luck to him, has done a decent job with the U23s. The next stage of a massive restructure at the club imo. #SaintsFC— Nathan Newington (@newington13) 8 November 2019
Noooooooooo why is everyone leaving all the best @RadhijaidiOff thanks for all you have done— Kev Stockwell (Stocky) (@Stocky_1984) 8 November 2019
Good luck @RadhijaidiOff , thanks for staying and helping the youngsters for so long. Wishing you all the success you deserve in new role— Alan Maule (@SaintMaule) 8 November 2019
"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."
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