Gao Jisheng named chairman in Saints’ board restructure

News
Southampton have confirmed majority shareholder Gao Jisheng as chairman in a restructuring of the board.

Southampton have confirmed majority shareholder Gao Jisheng as chairman in a restructuring of the board.

Former chairman Ralph Krueger left the club towards the end of last season with his contract set to expire, and in May was announced as the new head coach of NHL franchise the Buffalo Sabres.

With Gao based in China, Martin Semmens moves into a new role as chief executive and will ‘lead the club on a day-to-day basis’.

Shareholder Katharina Liebherr, meanwhile, is set to rejoin the board of the St Mary’s Football Group, which is the Premier League club’s parent company.

‘Following our statement at the end of last season, Southampton Football Club can confirm its board structure for the 2019-20 season and beyond,’ a statement on the Southampton website read.

‘Majority shareholder Mr Jisheng Gao will now take the position of chairman of the club and St Mary’s Football Group.

‘Katharina Liebherr rejoins the St Mary’s Football Group board whilst Nelly Gao and Martin Semmens will also become members of the St Mary’s Football Group board and vice-chairs of the club board.

‘Martin Semmens has also been appointed as CEO of Southampton Football Club, and will lead the club on a day-to-day basis.

‘The management team and operations remain unchanged and the club is looking forward with new focus and determination to a successful season.’

Latest

  • News

    Lobotka agent hints at summer switch

    Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka is attracting interest from a number of Serie A clubs, according to his agent. The 24-year-old has been a regular… var VUUKLE_EMOTE_SIZE = ""; VUUKLE_EMOTE_IFRAME = "" var EMOTE_TEXT = ["HAPPY","INDIFFERENT","AMUSED","EXCITED","ANGRY","SAD"] document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function(event) { var commentBoxDiv = document.getElementById("vuukle-comments"); var commentBoxDivAfter = document.getElementById("glade_data"); var cloneCommentBoxDiv = commentBoxDiv.cloneNode(true); commentBoxDiv.parentNode.removeChild(commentBoxDiv); commentBoxDivAfter.parentNode.insertBefore(cloneCommentBoxDiv, commentBoxDivAfter.nextSibling); }); document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function(event) { var emoteBoxDiv = document.getElementById("vuukle-emote"); var emoteBoxDivAfter = document.getElementById("outbrain-container-top"); var cloneEmoteBoxDiv = emoteBoxDiv.cloneNode(true); emoteBoxDiv.parentNode.removeChild(emoteBoxDiv); emoteBoxDivAfter.parentNode.insertBefore(cloneEmoteBoxDiv, emoteBoxDivAfter.nextSibling); }); var VUUKLE_CONFIG = { apiKey: "bc9fd4eb-d7be-4d00-87ef-b570563b015f", articleId: "339844", tags: "", author: "ClubCall", // Lang wordpressSync: true, eventHandler: function (e) { console.log(e); if (e.eventType == 'wpSync') { jQuery.ajax({ type: 'POST', data: { "action": "save_comment_to_db", "comment_post_ID": e.comment_post_ID, "comment_author": e.comment_author, "comment_author_email": e.comment_author_email, "comment_author_url": e.comment_author_url, "comment_content": e.comment_content, "comment_type": e.comment_type, "comment_parent": e.comment_parent, "user_id": e.user_id, "comment_author_IP": e.comment_author_IP, "comment_agent": e.comment_agent, "comment_approved": e.comment_approved, "comment_date": e.comment_date, "comment_date_gmt": e.comment_date_gmt, "comment_karma": e.comment_karma }, url: "/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php", beforeSend: function () { }, success: function (data) { } }); } }, // Articles - recommendations in emotes and comments widget recommendationsWideImages: true, recommendationsProtocol: "http", globalRecommendations: false, // Colors darkMode: false, color: "108ee9", // By Widget comments: { vuukleAuth: false, hideRecommendedArticles: false, hideCommentInputBox: false, enabled: true, commentingClosed: false, maxChars: '3000', countToLoad: '5', toxicityLimit: '80', transliteration:{ language: 'en', enabledByDefault: true, }, customText: {}, }, emotes: { enabled: true, hideRecommendedArticles: false, size: '50', // icons size firstImg: '', firstName: 'HAPPY', secondImg: '', secondName: 'INDIFFERENT', thirdImg: '', thirdName: 'AMUSED', fourthImg: '', fourthName: 'EXCITED', fifthImg: '', fifthName:'ANGRY', sixthImg: '', sixthName: 'SAD', disable: [], customText: {}, }, powerbar: { enabled: true, defaultEmote: 1, customUrls: { facebook: '', google: '', twitter: '', linkedin: '', }, customText: {}, }, }; (function () { var d = document, s = d.createElement('script'); s.async = true; s.src = 'https://cdn.vuukle.com/platform.js'; (d.head || d.body).appendChild(s); })();

    ClubCall
  • Crystal Palace are reportedly weighing up a move for Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson.
    Transfers

    Jenkinson in line for Palace switch

    Crystal Palace are reportedly weighing up a move for Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson.

    ClubCall
  • New Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is expected to do all he can to try and keep Sean Longstaff at the club this summer.
    News

    Bruce to fight to keep Longstaff

    New Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is expected to do all he can to try and keep Sean Longstaff at the club this summer.

    ClubCall
  • Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt is being linked with a move away from the club with Italian giants AC Milan said to be in the hunt.
    Transfers

    Agent pushing for Saints star to head to Milan

    Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt is being linked with a move away from the club with Italian giants AC Milan said to be in the hunt.

    ClubCall
  • Leeds midfielder Samuel Saiz has joined LaLiga side Girona for an undisclosed fee.
    News

    Saiz leaves Leeds for LaLiga side Girona

    Leeds midfielder Samuel Saiz has joined LaLiga side Girona for an undisclosed fee.

    ClubCall
  • Wolves defender Ryan Bennett says the players will be ready for next Thursday's Europa League qualifier.
    News

    Wolves star looks ahead to Europa League bid

    Wolves defender Ryan Bennett says the players will be ready for next Thursday's Europa League qualifier.

    ClubCall
  • Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes 2019-20 is the time for the squad to come of age after last season's incredible European run.
    Betting

    Lloris urges Tottenham to ‘push’ on

    Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes 2019-20 is the time for the squad to come of age after last season's incredible European run.

    ClubCall
  • Aston Villa have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips, with the Whites claiming he will be staying put.
    Transfers

    Phillips set to snub Villa

    Aston Villa have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips, with the Whites claiming he will be staying put.

    ClubCall
  • Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is confident his side are close to ending their wait for a trophy under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
    News

    Winks – Trophies are coming soon

    Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is confident his side are close to ending their wait for a trophy under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

    ClubCall
  • Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick has signed a new deal with the club and has joined League One Shrewsbury for the season.
    News

    Chelsea starlet McCormick handed Shrews chance

    Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick has signed a new deal with the club and has joined League One Shrewsbury for the season.

    ClubCall