David Nielsen, who Ruben Selles assisted at Aarhus GF, has urged Southampton to make the Spaniard their permanent manager immediately.
Not many were convinced about Selles’ ability to get a positive result against Chelsea at the weekend. However, the caretaker manager led the side to a shock 1-0 victory over the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
It is safe to say that the Spaniard has earned the players’ and fans’ backing. It is now up to the Southampton board to decide whether or not to hand him the manager job permanently.
Former Aarhus boss Nielsen has claimed that it would be ‘insane’ for the Hampshire-based club to not make Selles their new manager. The Dane believes the club have more chances of surviving relegation under the 39-year-old than anyone else. He told Bold.dk:
"“It would be completely insane not to give it to him. It would be wilder not to give him the job than to give it.” “If you’ve seen what he does on the training pitch and the players’ response after the game [against Chelsea], I hope they at least give him the rest of the season.”“I don’t think they have a better chance of survival with any other coach than him.”"
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Nielsen went on to explain how Selles has been working towards becoming a manager for some time now. He also pointed out that the Spaniard’s family has sacrificed a lot for him. He said:
"“Ruben has been preparing himself for a long time to get this opportunity. He has worked purposefully towards it and he has made the necessary choices.” “His family has sacrificed everything. They have followed him to Norway, Denmark and England. The family supports him and he goes after it relentlessly.”"
The Danish tactician is confident that Selles will succeed as a manager even if he does not get the Saints job. He added:
"“If he doesn’t become head coach at Southampton, he will be somewhere else. Ruben’s time has come now!”"
Selles served as the assistant manager to Nielsen for two-and-a-half years at Danish club Aarhus. He also worked as an analyst for the 46-year-old at Stromsgodset before that.