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Ralph Hasenhuttl confirms departure of Southampton recruitment chief

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Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed {that a} deal has been agreed to half methods with head of recruitment Joe Shields, who is anticipated to affix Chelsea.

90min reported earlier this week that Shields had been in talks with Chelsea over changing into the Blues’ new director of recruitment, simply three months after he joined Southampton from Manchester Metropolis.

Whereas Hasenhuttl declined to call the rationale for Shields’ departure, he did affirm that Southampton have agreed to half methods with the recruitment chief.

“As clear as I can do it – he got here in August and is leaving in October,” Hasenhuttl stated. “For us, it is not the proper scenario. I do not know, typically folks get pushed by new probabilities and we see this lots right here with a long-term mission. If he desires to go away within the short-term possibly he has his causes.”

He added: “It isn’t an enormous loss for this membership as a result of the affect he had within the six weeks was not the most important.

“We aren’t within the scenario the place we now fall into melancholy. He got here in August when a number of transfers had been accomplished and he was not the person who introduced Romeo Lavia in for instance or somebody like this. We would wish to have folks right here for longer nevertheless it’s higher for him to go away instantly.”

As Hasenhuttl identified, Shields didn’t be a part of the membership till Southampton had accomplished most of their switch enterprise. He was influential within the offers to convey Sam Edozie and Juan Larios to St Mary’s however arrived after the signings of Lavia and Armel Bella-Kotchap have been accomplished.

Nonetheless, Shields has been extensively praised for his skill to scout expertise. He led Man Metropolis’s youth recruitment between 2018 and 2022 and is now anticipated to be a serious determine throughout all of Chelsea’s switch enterprise, with co-owner Todd Boehly eager to construct a younger, thrilling group at Stamford Bridge.

Shields is ready to turn into certainly one of many new faces behind the scenes at Chelsea. Christopher Vivell is in line to affix as technical director and talks stay on with a lot of candidates.

Norwich Metropolis’s Stuart Webber has been contacted though 90min understands Boehly’s desire is Michael Edwards, however the former Liverpool man has dominated out becoming a member of a brand new membership till the tip of the season.

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