Former Southampton midfielder Carlton Palmer expects Ralph Hasenhuttl to be at the club next season but he has told Football FanCast that he could still face the sack if results go sour next term.
Saints are safe this season although they have endured something of an underwhelming campaign at times.
They are currently 14th in the Premier League table but they were beaten 9-0 by Manchester United earlier this season, a result that came in a run of just three wins in 15 games.
Hasenhuttl had actually overseen a promising start to the campaign, as they went seven games unbeaten at the start of the season, but an alarming drop-off has seen his stock somewhat fall. His contract expires in three years, and he has vowed to see that out.
Palmer does not expect him to leave Southampton this summer, either for another job or as a result of a firing, but he has reminded the Austrian that football is a results-based business and nothing more after his contract comments.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, Palmer, who played for the club between 1997 and 1999, said: “Well, you can’t say any manager can last three seasons at a football club. It’s a results-based industry. As simple as it is.
“I mean, if he doesn’t get results over there… I think he’ll be in charge of Southampton next season. I think expectations got high at Southampton because of where they were so early on in the season.
“So you’ve got to be realistic about where you see Southampton. Where do you see them in the league? Where do you see him taking them? I see him being in charge next season but beyond that, you can’t say because it will be based on results.”