Southampton are on the hunt for a new manager following the dismissal of Mark Hughes, with reports in The Telegraph suggesting that former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is the club’s preferred choice.
Hughes leaves St Mary’s with a 22.73% win rate after just five wins, only one of which came during the current Premier League campaign.
Hasenhuttl, meanwhile, is currently without a job after walking away from the Bundesliga side in the summer. The 51-year-old made the decision as he sought clarity over his long-term future, and the club could not guarantee that it would be at Leipzig.
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The Red Bull-backed side had appointed the Austrian in 2016 after he guided Ingolstadt to the German top-tier and kept them in the league, and they instantly went on to finish second to Bayern Munich in Leipzig’s first year as a top-flight side.
He is best known for his style of play, which has been compared to Jurgen Klopp’s, but is also recognised as a great coach for promoting talent from the youth ranks.
The Telegraph understands that a key aspect of why Hasenhuttl is a leading contender is due to the club not being interested in another short-term appointment, such as Sam Allardyce or David Moyes – something that should appeal to the Austrian.
These Southampton fans are certainly keen on his appointment…
Come on – this be #saintsfc of old – interesting to see iff Mitchell would follow
— Saint Foo Fighter (@SaintFooFighter) December 3, 2018
Would be a top appointment
— LE CHIFFRE (@Deepsleeper8) December 3, 2018
Yes please ? Tell him to bring Mitchell along too? ?♂️
— Dan (@The_Dan_Green) December 3, 2018
I hope so. I actually think he could do a bit better at this moment in time, but it’d be great for us imo.
— Luke Osman (@LukeOsmanRS) December 3, 2018
Mitchell and Hasenhuttl would bring exciting times back to st Mary’s. If the board are serious about taking the club forward then do what ever it takes to get these guys into Southampton.
— Tom Forder (@tomforder69) December 3, 2018
Outstanding news. Particularly if coupled with Paul Mitchell.
— Andy Hollis (@74Promotions) December 3, 2018
Ralf Hasenhuttl be an excellent choice
— Toon Cat (@AngrycatJ) December 3, 2018
Maybe this has all been planned out, Reed gone, Mitchell back, Mitchell wanting his own man, Hughes out when they knew Hasenhutti would come in with Mitchell…. take over complete. Expect announcements this week to follow this through.
— mark talbot ?? (@TheMarkTalbot) December 3, 2018