In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Dean Windass tipped Southampton to avoid relegation this season but has suggested manager Ralph Hasenhuttl could be in trouble if things do not improve.
Prior to their 2-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United, the Saints had lost eight of their last nine Premier League fixtures, dragging them down towards the relegation zone.
Windass, though, expects Southampton to stay up. However, the former Premier League footballer believes Hasenhuttl will get the chop if the south coast club go on a similar run next season.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, Windass said:
“They’re not going to get relegated. I don’t think they’re going to get relegated, but the one thing about it is, same with the Norwich manager if they get to the Premier League and they lose their first two of three games, Southampton lose the first two or three games, he’ll [Hasenhuttl] be another one that’s out very, very quickly.
“Southampton rely on, you know, financially, Premier League status. Listen, he’s done a great job, but you can’t rest on your laurels in the Premier League.”
Indeed, that run of nine games was truly appalling, with Hasenhuttl’s men only able to pick up a single point from a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
There was also, of course, that humiliating 9-0 defeat to Manchester United along the way, really epitomising the kind of form the team had been in. Southampton’s season has not been a complete disaster, though.
The Saints started the campaign brightly, even topping the Premier League table at one stage, while they also managed to beat champions Liverpool and eliminate holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup.
Hasenhuttl now just needs to find a way to get that Southampton team to appear more often and not the one that manages to take just one point from nine games.