SOUTHAMPTON are closing in on the appointment of Russell Martin, according to reports.
The Saints are preparing for life in the Championship after their relegation was confirmed with defeat to Fulham last weekend.
Ruben Selles remains in interim charge and the Spaniard is reportedly still yet to be officially informed that he will depart at the end of the season.
But Southampton have lined up his replacement – Swansea manager Martin, according to talkSPORT.
Martin reportedly missed a scheduled meeting with Swansea’s owners this week to discuss plans for next season.
Norwich legend Martin, 37, has carved out a solid reputation since becoming a manager.
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He took the job at MK Dons in 2019 and quickly earned praise for his possession football.
After two years, Swansea came calling and he got a crack at the Championship.
Although he couldn’t guide the Swans towards the promotion or play-off places, his style of football has continued to earn plaudits.
And it appears Southampton believe he is the right man to get them back into the Prem at the first time of asking.
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Meanwhile Darren Mowbray is expected to be named as the club’s new head of recruitment.
Martin will be Southampton’s fourth permanent manager within the space of 12 months following Ralph Hasenhuttl, Nathan Jones and Telles.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk