In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Hull City midfielder Dean Windass has been discussing Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, after he has been linked with the Chelsea job in recent weeks.
After an impressive start to the season, Chelsea have endured a dreadful run of form recently, which has seen them drop to ninth position in the Premier League table.
The Austrian manager has had a great turnaround with Southampton over the past 18 months, turning them into top-six contenders after it looked as if they were set for a relegation battle in the first half of last season.
Here’s what Windass had to say about the chances of Chelsea hiring Hasenhuttl when speaking exclusively to FFC:
“I can’t see him going to Chelsea. I can’t see Chelsea getting rid of Frank this season, or next season. I think when the supporters are back, then there’s a different bearing on football, there’s a different bearing on life.
“It’s amazing that the Southampton manager, last year. was probably the favourite to get the sack and now you’re talking about him managing in the top-four. What an unbelievable job by the way. They do actually remind me of Liverpool now in the sense of the way they press, the energy, the pace and that they’ve got an out-and-out centre-forward.
“Will he get another job? If they finish in the top-four this season, certainly. If the Southampton manager gets into the top-four, he will have a job for life, wherever he wants.”
Windass certainly feels that if the Saints continue to impress, then Hasenhuttl could get a job wherever he wants in the future.
However, he feels that Chelsea will stick with Lampard despite their recent results, so perhaps the Austrian won’t be moving to Stamford Bridge anytime soon.
Such a move would represent an opportunity for the Southampton manager to be reunited with Timo Werner, who he worked with at RB Leipzig, as well as some world-class players, so if Chelsea do end up making an approach, it may be difficult to convince him to stay with the South Coast club.