Southampton Announce Number Of Operational Changes

Following their relegation from the Premier League, Southampton Football Club majority owner, Sport Republic, has made several organisational changes in preparation for next season.


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Martin Semmens has left his role as CEO and Director of Southampton Football Club and Director of St Mary’s Football Group.


Sport Republic will take full operational control of the club with immediate effect.



Dragan Šolak has been appointed Chairman of Sport Republic and will play an active role in overseeing the activities of the Group and supporting the leadership of the club.



Rasmus Ankersen will continue as CEO of Sport Republic, overseeing football strategy whilst Henrik Kraft will continue as the Chairman of the club and will act as Interim CEO pending the appointment of a new CEO.


In addition, the club are strengthening its Board of Directors with the appointment of Andy Young, the Chief Financial Officer of City Football Group, as its first independent Director. Andy will chair the club’s Audit Committee and brings huge experience of operating at the highest level of the football industry.


The new composition of the Board of Directors of St Mary’s Football Group and Southampton FC is as follows:

Henrik Kraft (Chairman of the Board)
Rasmus Ankersen
Dragan Šolak
Rolf Bögli – Appointed by minority shareholder Katharina Liebherr.
Toby Steele – Will serve until his departure later in the year.
Andy Young


These are the first of many changes the club are expected to make as it pushes for a return to the Premier League next season. Incoming Director of Football, Jason Wilcox, will lead a review of the football department and an announce on the club’s leadership team for next season will be made in the coming weeks.





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