Southampton’s hopes of appointing former Roma boss Rudi Garcia have been boosted after he confirmed that he would like a new challenge.
Saints bosses are looking to draft in a replacement for Everton-bound Ronald Koeman as quickly as possible in order for a new man to start preparing the squad for the Premier League return on August 13.
And 52-year-old French tactician Garcia is believed to be high on the list of potentials given his impressive CV which has seen him guide Lille to the league and cup double in France in 2010-11 and Roma to successive runners-up finishes in Italy’s Serie A.
Despite guiding the Rome outfit through last season’s group stages in the Champions League, Garcia was harshly axed in January after a run of disappointing results.
But he has revealed that a return to management now appeals with the Saints no doubt an attractive proposition for him thanks to their sixth-placed finish last term and Europa League qualification.
On his future Garcia told TF1: “I could return to Ligue 1, or head north of Rome in Italy. I could also go to Spain, and why not even England or Germany?
“I see myself in one of the four or five best leagues in Europe. I want to work with an ambitious club and find a healthy project again.”