After a fairly poor start to the season, Ralph Hasenhuttl has seen his Southampton side win three out of their four previous league matches, scoring five goals and conceding just two in the process.
After the current international break, Southampton will be looking to continue their good run of form with a clash against Norwich City next up for the Saints.
However, according to a recent report, it seems as though there could be some speculation over which dugout Hasenhuttl could find himself in for that match.
According to Sky Sports, Hasenhuttl is one of the names being linked with the manager position at Norwich after Daniel Farke recently left the club.
The report also claims that former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and former Aston Villa manager Dean Smith are also in the running for the job at Carrow Road.
Since joining Southampton back in December 2018, Hasenhuttl has taken charge of 127 games with the club across all competitions, winning 47, drawing 27 and losing 53 along the way.
Despite his rather inconsistent results at Southampton, the Austrian, who has been labelled as an “exceptional” manager by Pep Guardiola in the past, has managed to keep the Saints in the Premier League since his arrival and even secured them an 11th place finish in the Premier League in the 2019/20 season, showing how well he has done at the club.
He has been game-changing for the club, introducing a high-pressing style while players like Tino Livramento, Kyle Walker-Peters and James Ward-Prowse have been taken to brand new levels under his stewardship.
With all of this in mind, we feel that it would undoubtedly be a nightmare for Gao Jisheng and the club if they lost Hasenhuttl to Norwich and rightfully, it would outrage plenty of Saints fans.
After all, they are still fighting against relegation and their current boss has proven in recent years that he has what it takes to keep the south coast side in the division.
With the manager’s contract at St. Mary’s not set to expire until the summer of 2024, it should help put to rest any concerns the Southampton fans may have that their manager could leave anytime soon. Couple that with the report from Sky Sports claiming he is seen as a long shot for Norwich compared to the currently unemployed Smith and Lampard and supporters will be able to rest a little easier.
However, if he does become a genuine contender, Southampton should not entertain any offer that may come their way. He is too vital to the club for them to lose him.