Southampton fans have been reacting on Twitter after SportBible alleged that manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is earning £6m per year, making him the sixth best-paid Premier League boss.
The Austrian arrived at St Mary’s back in December with the club lingering in the relegation zone on nine points, and looking to be in real danger of losing their top-flight status.
30 points from then until the end of the 2018/19 campaign ensured that they secured a 16th-placed finish however, and they will now be looking up the table in a bid to avoid a third successive battle against the drop.
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The south coast outfit were certainly in big trouble at the end of 2018 and it would be no surprise if the Austrian was offered an attractive contract to convince him to take on the role, but it’s difficult to say whether SportBible are correct or not given they say the 51-year-old earns the same as Unai Emery, and now also more than Chelsea’s Frank Lampard.
While some Southampton supporters on social media wouldn’t mind if their club was paying Hasenhuttl that much after saying “he’s worth every penny”, others are understandably sceptical with one saying they “find that hard to believe”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Given the huge difference a decent manager makes £6m is anything but ‘whopping’. What it is, about the cost of a backup fullback? Or about half the amount of wages we will need to pay our 3rd choice keeper before his contract is up. Best £6m the club could spend. #saintsfc
— Will Thomas (@Willtsfc) July 5, 2019
Wouldn’t believe everything you read mate. Pretty sure that’s untrue
— Chris (@cj_garrett) July 5, 2019
Worth every penny!
— ?SaintBaker? (@SaintsfcBaker82) July 5, 2019
& hes worth every penny
— Gary #GTTO #FBPE (@Garyb117) July 5, 2019
£115,000 a week, find that hard to believe with the clubs spending record but fair play if that’s what we’re paying him. Best manager we’ve had in a long time
— Adam Baker (@adzbaker6) July 5, 2019
I’m not so sure!! Works out to be £115k a week!! Can’t see us paying that to be honest
— Mart (@MartFergie) July 5, 2019
— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) July 5, 2019