Tunisia’s Radhi Jaidi leads Southampton U-23 to PL2 Division 1 promotion
Southampton finished second in the league behind Wolverhampton Wanderers just on goal difference, meaning that they had to participate in the promotion playoffs.
At first, they managed to beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the semifinals of the playoffs, before coming out on top in the final with a 2-1 victory against Newcastle.
The Saints were led by former Tunisia defender Radhi Jaidi, who took charge of the club in July of 2017. During his first season, he led his side to a sixth-place finish, just missing out on the playoffs spot.
However, this year he just narrowly missed on winning the league and managed to secure promotion for his side.
The former Esperance man expressed his happiness with this achievement, saying: “Very proud of the achievement that we have made. Thank you to the players who trusted me, thank you to everyone who contributed to make things happen.
“Very proud of myself and the staff, the sacrifice and the hard work we put throughout the season paid off …” the Tunisian posted on Twitter.
The 43-year-old also talked about his players and how they worked to improve throughout the season: “Really pleased with the boys’ performance throughout the season. The way they matured and improved in many aspects that’s what I’m pleased for.
“I said to the boys we need to finish off this season and win something this season that will stay in their memories and make a legacy for them,” he concluded.
This result meant that Wolves and Southampton will replace West Ham United and Swansea City, who suffered relegation.
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