Richard Kitzbichler
AUT Austria
Personal Details Last updated 29 Aug 2019
Role
First Team Assistant Coach
Joined Saints
August 2019
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Richard Kitzbichler Biography

Last updated 29 Aug 2019

Former clubs: Red Bull Salzburg, Beijing Sinobo Guoan

Richard Kitzbichler was appointed as a First Team Assistant Coach at Southampton in August 2019, joining manager Ralph Hasenhüttl's staff.

The Austrian joins, who also has the role of Opposition Analyst, moved to Saints following two years with Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan and an extensive spell in his homeland with Red Bull Salzburg.

A former Austria international, with 17 caps for his country, Kitzbichler began his playing career at Wacker Innsbruck, before spells with Tirol Innsbruck, SC Holz Pfeifer Kundl, Austria Salzburg and Austria Wien.

After one season in Germany with Hamburger SV and a year in Australia with Melbourne Victory – either side of a return to Austria Wien – he finished his playing days at Salzburg.

It was there that he transitioned into a role as an analyst, working closely with the club’s coaches and players.

Following six years in the role, he was promoted into the position of assistant coach in 2015 under Óscar Garcia, combining his video analysis with on-pitch work.

A move to China followed in 2017, where he linked up with former Salzburg manager Roger Schmidt, who had been in charge of the Austrian club from 2012 until 2014, working as assistant to him.

The pair helped oversee some notable success at Beijing Sinobo Guoan, with the club finishing fourth in the Super League in 2018 and also winning the Chinese FA Cup that season, for the first time in 15 years.