TalkSport insider Alex Crook has issued an update on the future of Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
This season has been a strange one for the Austrian, best summed up by their run of six losses in a row in the Premier League that included a 9-0 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford. This unsurprisingly raised questions by some about his suitability for the job, but at the same time, he has found his name linked with the vacant job at Tottenham Hotspur.
So one way or another, it could’ve been argued that he may have found himself away from St. Mary’s at some point in the not too distant future. However, that won’t be the case according to Crook, who, speaking on the TalkSport GameDay podcast, claimed that the Austrian looks to be staying put for the time being:
“Southampton won’t be looking for a new manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl still very safe in that job.”
TIF Thoughts on Alex Crook’s comments about Ralph Hasenhuttl…
You can certainly see both sides of the argument. On one hand, when you consider the reputation that he came to English football with following his work with RB Leipzig, for them to be in the bottom half of the table after two and a half seasons in charge probably isn’t what the club envisioned when they signed him.
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But at the same time, they haven’t been in any serious trouble during his time there, and he took them to the semi-final of this season’s FA Cup, so there has been some progress on that front at the very least.
But has that progress really been enough in the grand scheme of things, and how much time will that buy him in the long run? If things start to go bad at the start of next season, will the club run out of patience with him for not taking as big a step forward as they would like?
Hopefully, he gets off to a good start and we won’t have to find out.