Saints Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl backs Southampton City of Culture bid


4 Feb, 2022

Saints’ manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has wished the best of luck to Southampton in our bid to become the UK City of Culture 2025. This comes on the eve of the Saints FA Cup clash with Coventry, the current holders of UK City of Culture. Coventry has been celebrating its year as UK City of Culture since May 2021 and has staged a wealth of events that have attracted tourists and investment into their city.

Saints are proud partners for their city’s bid, with captain James Ward Prowse a UK City of Culture Ambassador.

Saints Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said: “On behalf of all at Southampton Football Club, I’d like to wish Southampton the best of luck in its bid to become UK City of Culture 2025. I know winning the bid would mean so much to the city, so myself and all the team are backing it all the way”

The Saints hosting Coventry in Saturday’s 4th round tie won’t be lost on those following the city’s quest to win the City of Culture title as Southampton’s final submission was made just three days earlier.

As with Derry/Londonderry and Hull who held the title before Coventry, the bid year is expected to see millions of pounds worth of investment and growth for the Midlands city famous for its car manufacturing industry

“In many ways our two cities are very much alike,” commented Shelina Permalloo Chair of Southampton 2025 Trust “Both cities were severely damaged during the Second World War but have now after many years emerged as vibrant, exciting places to live, work and visit.

“As with Coventry we believe that Southampton has a world-class story to tell and claiming the title of UK City of Culture for 2025 would give us the opportunity to do just that. In sporting terms, we certainly hope we will be picking up the City of Culture baton from Coventry.

“Coventry are having a marvellous year as UK City of Culture and we wish them well with that, although let’s hope their good fortune doesn’t extend to a win at St. Mary’s this Saturday where I’m certain Saints will do us proud.”