Southampton CEO resigns after team’s relegation
In a shocking turn of events for Southampton Football Club, their Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Martin Semmens, has resigned from his position following the club’s recent relegation to the Championship. The unexpected decision was announced by the club owners, Sport Republic.
Semmens had been part of Saints’ board of directors since 2017 and became CEO in 2019. However, with their eleven-year stay in the Premier League coming to an end after a disappointing loss against Fulham at St Mary’s on May 13th. This prompted him to step down from his role as CEO.
The owners have stated that they will take “full operational control” immediately. Henrik Kraft will continue as chairman while acting as interim CEO until a new one is appointed.
New Leadership For Southampton
“A new leader is needed during this difficult time for our club,” said Henrik Kraft. “We are currently searching for someone who can help us achieve our goals and get back into the Premier League next season.”
This news comes amid rumors that Swansea City Manager Russell Martin could be taking over Ruben Selles’ position as Saints boss soon. These speculations intensified even more after Southampton suffered another defeat against Brighton last Sunday- making it their twelfth consecutive game without a win in the Premier League.
“If there’s any truth to these reports,” Selles stated recently, “I expect some respect and communication before any decisions are made or I would be very disappointed.”