In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Peterborough director of football Barry Fry has suggested that Eddie Howe would be a brilliant replacement for Ralph Hasenhuttl if Southampton decide to make a change.
While the Saints are having an excellent FA Cup campaign, making it to the semi-finals following their 3-0 win against Howe’s former side Bournemouth, they have been extremely disappointing in the Premier League of late.
Despite this, there are no reports that suggest Hasenhuttl’s job is in danger. Should that change, however, and the Austrian coach does end up departing St. Mary’s in the near future, for Fry, Howe is one man that the south coast club should be looking at.
“Eddie Howe would be a brilliant option,” Fry told FFC. “He lives in the area and he does what Southampton love. He develops young players in his teams. He’s another one that’s worked a miracle at Bournemouth, getting them in the Premier League, retaining their Premier League status for so many years on a shoestring budget at a ground that holds 12,000 people.”
While Southampton’s league form under Hasenhuttl has certainly been disappointing, there could still be much to smile about come the end of the season.
After that triumph over Bournemouth, Leicester City are now the only thing standing in the way of the FA Cup final and a chance to win silverware this campaign. And while facing the Foxes will by no means be an easy task, the Saints will surely be glad to have dodged Manchester City and Thomas Tuchel’s new and improved Chelsea side.