The presenter believes the Saints could be in real danger of losing their manager Ralph Hasenhuttl during the summer, with the Austrian having done a sterling job since arriving at the club.
Speaking on the subject of Hasenhuttl’s future, Thomlinson had this to say.
He said: “I think he could still go to a pretty decent side, especially in Germany. Maybe like a Europa League, low-level Champions League side. I wouldn’t have any problem with him at that level. And I’m sure he’d do a really good job.
“Southampton, I am slightly worried about genuinely falling apart next season. If they get no investment, they could be in big, big problem areas.”
Will Hasenhuttl leave Southampton this summer?
TIF Thoughts on Thomlinson’s comments on Hasenhuttl…
Hasenhuttl has impressed during his time at the Saints, with the win over Liverpool showing he is capable of managing at a high level. But the recent freefall is concerning and could affect the future of players such as Danny Ings, who may want to leave for a bigger club this summer if the club do not progress further.
It remains to be seen what kind of effect a Hasenhuttl departure would have on Southampton, though given they have flirted with relegation before and during the Austrian’s own tenure, the club would have to ensure that they get the appointment of his eventual successor right to avoid heading backwards.
All being well, however, the current boss will remain at the helm to continue his work at St. Mary’s.