Ralph Hasenhuttl’s assistant, Danny Rohl, has left Saints ahead of the new season.

The 30-year-old was appointed as Hasenhuttl’s right hand man shortly after the Austrian took charge at Saints last December.

However, the Daily Echo understands that Rohl has left the club this summer and has returned to Germany.

The reasons behind Rohl’s departure remain somewhat of a mystery but Hasenhuttl is believed to be untroubled by the development.

The Daily Echo understands that Hasenhuttl will not be looking for a replacement with the manager prepared to be front and centre on his own with his new look coaching line-up providing all the support he feels he needs.

Hasenhuttl and Rohl had been close before working together at Saints with the duo having previously helped guide RB Leipzig to a second place finish in the Bundesliga.

This was an unexpected development with Hasenhuttl having confirmed Rohl would continue as his assistant in the new coaching set-up which was formally released by the club on July 1.

However, Rohl has subsequently been absent from pre-season and his departure has now been confirmed.

Hasenhuttl will be the sole figurehead of the management set-up at Saints, with a team of coaches operating below him.

He is understood to have been pleased with the way the staff have settled into their new roles and content to lead from the front himself, even though that does mean even more work falling on his already heavily burdened shoulders.

Craig Fleming has stepped up from the academy to take on first team coaching duties on a permanent basis having filled a temporary role after Hasenhuttl’s appointment.

Kelvin Davis remains a first team coach while Dave Watson also holds a similar position having moved from his role working with the goalkeepers following the appointment of Andrew Sparkes.

Hasenhuttl also has an extensive medical, analysis, scouting and sport science team to call upon.