Dean Windass has been sharing his thoughts on the future of Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl following a poor run of form for the south coast club.
The Saints were sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table, albeit briefly, back in November, but just one point from a possible 27 in recent weeks has seen the St. Mary’s outfit plummet down the division.
It’s been a contrasting campaign for Hasenhuttl’s men, who endured their second 9-0 demolition of the Austrian’s tenure just a month after securing all three points in a 1-0 win over the reigning champions Liverpool.
Their alarming results have drawn plenty of criticism from some quarters, but in an exclusive interview with Football Fan Cast, ex-Hull City striker Windass said he can see the former RB Leipzig boss sticking it out for at least another season.
Windass said: “I think that it’s been a yo-yo thing for Southampton in a sense of getting done 9-0, then beating Liverpool, and they’ve been good to watch. Out of possession, and they press from the front. They’re relying on Danny Ings, who scored goals and got injured and gone and scored goals again.
“They brought in Theo Walcott, who has been a revelation for Southampton really, you thought his career was over at Everton and, he’s revitalised his career.
“Southampton have had a good season, for Southampton, but I just think that one more season for the manager and that’ll determine how he starts the Premier League next year.”
TIF Thoughts on Hassenhuttl…
The 53-year-old is a highly-rated manager within the European game and deserves time to turn things around at Southampton.
They’ve suffered from several injuries to key players in recent months and presumably haven’t had the strength in depth to cope with them, especially in this compacted and congested campaign.
In our view, sticking with Hasenhuttl is certainly the best thing to do for the Saints right now, and it’s unlikely to be too long before he transforms their fortunes, as he has done before.