Ralph Hasenhuttl ready take on Saints challenge

Florence Fletcher
December 9, 2018

The 51-year-old Austrian - who comes into the role on the back of Mark Hughes being sacked on Monday - has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club.

"It's a big challenge, but also the logical next step in my career".

"For that reason, we are extremely pleased that Ralph Hasenhuttl has agreed to become our new manager and do all he can to help guide us back on that path".

He took VfR Aalen to the German second-tier for the first time and then took Ingolstadt to the Bundesliga.

"But I'm not afraid of anything".

Hasenhuttl sprang a major surprise by making no fewer than six changes, and the Saints resembled a team that had just been introduced to each other during a disjointed first period.

The engaging Hasenhuttl, who joked that his surname translates into English as "rabbit hutch", fired a word of warning that he will ship out any players not ready for hard work.

Southampton's chairman, Ralph Krueger, said: "As a coach, he embodies the passion, structure, communication skill set, work ethic and appetite for growth that we strive for in our Southampton Way".

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Tottenham have now won each of their last 10 home Premier League games against sides starting the day in the relegation zone, scoring 23 goals while conceding just three.

I think Southampton saw how Leipzig had improved as a team under Hasenhuttl and while they did have money to spend, a lot of it was done to the coach and his ideas.

It will not happen overnight of course and the first task will be to get Saints' team of under-achievers to remember how to win. "We were sitting in the football school together and made our pro licence together and I was always a fan of his football".

With Hasenhuettl assessing his players, left back Matt Targett produced some lax defending that allowed Spurs to take a ninth-minute lead.

'I know the league now.

"In the second period our performance was better and better", Hasenhuttl said in quotes reported by the BBC.

"He wants to join our football club, which is fantastic with the pedigree he has got, so we are looking forward to getting started".

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