Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl’s qualities as a football manager have been brought into question by journalist Barry Glendenning.
Glendenning was speaking on the Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast about his thoughts on the current Saints manager.
Hasenhüttl was appointed as Southampton manager in December 2018 and has since led the south coast club to finishes of 16th, 11th and 15th (twice) in the Premier League during his time at St Mary’s.
One of the main talking points of his tenure has been his side’s two 9-0 defeats at the hands of Leicester City and Manchester United, equalling the heaviest Premier League defeat in history.
And with a typically average start to the current campaign, Glendenning remains unsure as to whether the Austrian manager is doing a good job at Southampton or not.
He said: “I genuinely don’t know whether or not he’s a good football manager.
“He gets some excellent results, but Southampton blow so hot and cold, it must be quite frustrating.
“And their run at the end of last season was diabolically bad.
“But apparently he has the absolute backing of the owners, and rather than get rid of him during the summer, they revamped his coaching staff.”
TIF Thoughts on Glendenning’s comments
Whilst we believe that Southampton’s form since the turn of the year has been extremely underwhelming, we think that to criticise Hasenhüttl’s abilities as a football manager is harsh.
It’s often forgotten that when the former RB Leipzig manager took charge of the Premier League side the Saints were embroiled in a relegation battle, something which Hasenhüttl later guided them safely away from.
Therefore, we think that the 55-year-old manager should be given more time in Southampton dugout, before people jump to conclusions about the success of this spell on the south coast.