Ralph Krueger to leave Southampton, previous Hasenhuttl comments now a concern

Southampton announced on Friday that the club has decided not to keep chairman Ralph Krueger on when his contract expires at the end of June, and now some previous Ralph Hasenhuttl comments are surely a concern.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Saints confirmed the impending departure of the 59-year-old prior to their Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, following a six-year spell with the south coast outfit.

The Canadian has overseen management spells for Ronald Koeman, Claude Puel, Manuel Pellegrino, Mark Hughes and Hasenhuttl, the latter of whom he clearly played a pivotal role in bringing to St Mary’s according to Sky Germany.

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When the Austrian was appointed as Hughes’ successor in December, he said: “I had very good meetings with Ralph Krueger and it was not a disadvantage that he can speak German also so for me it was relatively clear that I can help him in the situation the club is in at the moment.

“We find a good solution I think and the history and the philosophy of this team fits nearly perfect to my philosophy of how to work in football.”

What does it all mean for Hasenhuttl?

His initial comments are clearly a little concerning as it is obvious that he had a good relationship with Krueger, who would have sold the former RB Leipzig boss his vision for Southampton.

Saints supporters will certainly be hoping that a manager they have taken to like a duck to water will not be unsettled by the latest development, given how much of an impact he has had since taking the reins.

It may not end up affecting the 51-year-old’s position at all, but he will surely be demanding that a strong leadership structure is in place next season should he keep the south coast outfit in the Premier League.