Hasenhuttl is Southampton’s new manager

Hasenhuttl is Southampton’s new manager

Southampton’s management fired the team’s head coach Mark Hughes on Monday after a 2:2 draw with Manchester United. Hughes’ assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki also left with him, which made the Saints’ bosses look for a new manager.

Southampton were leading the match against Manchester United 2:0; however, conceded two goals in the end of the game and had to satisfy with only one point. That result for a side, occupying 19th place can be considered positive; however, the management had another opinion. Hughes was paid compensation of six million pounds for a premature breach of contract.

The choice fell on the former German Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl, who brought the Bulls to Bundesliga and immediately won the league’s silver. The Austrian will remain at Saint Mary’s until the end of 2020/21 and in the near future he will come to England to settle the details of the deal.

Considering the fact that Southampton occupy 18th place, being in the relegation zone and has got interest of such a perspective manager, the club has ambitions and funds. Maybe the management convinced the coach that in the near future it will not sell its key performers to competing clubs. The footballers’ transfers can also be expected to the port city of England as Southampton have their best forward Ings, his substitute Shane Long and the left defender Ryan Bertrand in the infirmary.

Hasenhuttl played by 4-4-2 formation at Leipzig, which sometimes transformed into 4-2-2-2. The Austrian needs two central defenders, who are simply absent in the club at the moment, with such an approach. A special role lies on shoulders of wing defenders, capable of joining attack. Targett, playing on the left is far behind Bertrand, that is why Hughes experimented with a game of three central defenders.

Hasenhuttl chose a difficult road of messiah in English football. It is hard to achieve success with a problem team without work experience in the Albion. Usually bottom dwellers invite Sam Allardyce, but Southampton interested the Austrian so much that he is already buying tickets to Saint Mary’s to see the game of the Saints against Tottenham on Wednesday. He will hardly be able to ascend Southampton immediately, but if the team remains in the EPL, next season with decent investment Ralph will surprise many.