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Former Oilers coach Krueger named director of Southampton

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TSN.ca Staff
2/24/2014 3:02:05 PM
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Ralph Krueger is trading in sports.

The former Edmonton Oilers coach has been named the new director of Southampton.

Most recently acting as an consultant to Steve Yzerman's gold medal-winning Canadian Olympic hockey team in Sochi, Krueger, who also coached the Swiss national team, has no previous experience with soccer at any level.

"This is the start of a new world for me," Krueger told BBC Sport.

One thing Krueger doesn't intend to do is meddle in manager Mauricio Pochettino's on-pitch affairs.

"I've got to come in gently. We don't need sudden changes of direction. What Mauricio doesn't need is someone getting involved day-to-day," Krueger said. "He and his staff need space so they can continue to grow the group. I've met Mauricio; he's very honest, a strong personality and he has strong values. I will stay in my place. He should feel comfortable."

Though inexperienced in the soccer world, Krueger has a wealth of sports experience that he hope can translate outside of hockey. In 2011, Krueger was appointed a member of the World Economic Forum and has been key in the development of new leadership models.

"My strengths are sport-specific on the hockey team-building side, but other strengths are on the leadership side," said Krueger, who coached the Oilers last season. "We need to take the whole leadership side to a different level." 

Saints currently sit ninth in the Barclays Premier League table and are next in action on Saturday when they host Liverpool.

Ralph Krueger (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
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