Soccer-Southampton call on Sochi ice hockey guru for help


Feb 24 (Reuters) – Southampton have enlisted ice hockey coach Ralph Krueger to support manager Mauricio Pochettino after he helped Canada earn a gold medal within the men’s event at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Canadian-born Krueger, who might be a former Germany ice hockey player, has been appointed by Premier League club’s proprietor Katharina Liebherr, according to Uk media reports.

Southampton have brought in experts from other sports before along with former chairman Rupert Lowe employing ex-England Rugby World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward nine years ago.

Krueger, who has never proved helpful in soccer but provides known the Liebherr family members for many years, has been working as a consultant to Canada’s ice hockey team and has furthermore coached Switzerland’s national team and the Edmonton Oilers within the NHL.

“Katharina is a woman of such strong values, and she has a fresh and interesting viewpoint to sports, ” the particular 54-year-old Krueger was quoted as saying by Uk media on Monday.

He has been given a role in a restructured management team at Southampton after leader Nicola Cortese resigned in mid-January after differences with the club’s owners.

Southampton are ninth along with 39 points from 27 matches after a successful time of year under Argentine Pochettino, who had been appointed just over a year ago to replace the sacked Nigel Adkins.

“It’s something of continuing to grow exactly what is already there, it’s not about rebuilding anything, ” Krueger added on The Daily Mail website (www.dailymail.co.uk).

“I have met the particular coaching staff and Mauricio Pochettino and spoke towards the team. I know exactly what he or she needs – and I understand exactly what he doesn’t require.

“He does not need someone getting involved inside a day-to-day running of the team. He needs space to perform his work, so that he can continue to grow the group.

“I get it, I totally get it. I feel the particular values that drive him. ”

Krueger, who is also a motivational speaker and author of a best selling book called ‘Team Lifetime: Over Losses to Success’, has a reputation for team leadership and management.

“I know this is a difficult situation, but which what makes it exciting and challenging, ” said Krueger, who is now a The german language citizen. “It’s about management and management. The sport I come from is irrelevant.

“I’ve had encounter in major league sport and the principles are transferable. I will come in at the level of a well-informed fan and, as far as the team is involved, I will stay in my location.

“No-one recieve more information about what’s happening with the team than the head trainer. I know that. I’ve been the head coach. I’ve been confronted by political situations, people without all the information trying to influence choices. ” (Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Tag Meadows)


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Feb 24 (Reuters) — Southampton have enlisted ice hockey coach Ralph Krueger to support manager Mauricio Pochettino after he helped Europe win a gold medal in the men’s event at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Canadian-born Krueger, who is a former Germany ice hockey player, has been appointed by the Premier League club’s owner Katharina Liebherr, according to British media reports.

Southampton have brought in experts from other sports before with former chairman Rupert Lowe employing ex-England Rugby World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward nine years ago.

Krueger, who has certainly not worked in soccer yet has known the Liebherr family for many years, has been functioning as a consultant to Canada’s ice hockey team and has also coached Switzerland’s nationwide team and the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL.

“Katharina is a woman associated with such strong values, and he or she has a fresh and interesting perspective to sports, ” the 54-year-old Krueger was quoted as saying by British media on Monday.

He has received a role in a restructured administration team at Southampton after chairman Nicola Cortese retired in mid-January after differences with the club’s owners.

Southampton are ninth with 39 points through 27 matches after a productive season under Argentine Pochettino, who was appointed just over a year ago to replace the sacked Nigel Adkins.

“It’s a question of continuing to grow what’s already there, not necessarily about rebuilding anything, ” Krueger added on The Daily Mail website (www.dailymail.co.uk).

“I have met the coaching staff and Mauricio Pochettino and talked to the team. I know precisely what he needs – and am know exactly what he does not need.

“He doesn’t need someone getting active in a day-to-day running from the team. He needs area to do his work, so that he can continue to grow the girls.

“I have it, I totally get it. Personally i think the values that drive him. ”

Krueger, who is also a motivational speaker and author of a best-selling book called ‘Team Life: Over Losses to Success’, has a reputation regarding team leadership and administration.

“I understand this will be a difficult situation, yet that’s what makes it exciting and challenging, ” said Krueger, who is now the German citizen. “It’s about leadership and management. The game I come from is unimportant.

“I’ve had experience in major league sport and the principles are transferable. I will come in at the level of a well-informed fan and, as far as the team is concerned, I will stay in the place.

“No-one has more information about what’s happening with the team than the mind coach. I know that. I’ve been a head coach. I’ve been confronted with political situations, people without all the information trying to influence decisions. ” (Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Mark Meadows)