Ralph Hasenhuttl’s time at Southampton so far can be described as a rollercoaster ride with many ups and downs so far.
Strong runs of results have been seen with a positive style of play now implemented, but two record-breaking losses have also come since his time at the club. However, he remains a top class manager and seems to want to see out his project at St Mary’s.
“I’m planning another three years because I still have a three-year contract. At the moment, there are not many scenarios in which I can imagine ending this. For me, the Premier League feels like a whole year in the Champions League. When you see our games, you play at Manchester City on a Wednesday evening – those are games some would be happy about.”
Club and Southampton fans need to support Hasenhuttl’s vision
Make no doubt about it, it is great for Saints to have someone of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s stature in charge.
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He is a manager who will be capable of managing at a higher level in the future, but seems very focused on earning the right to progress in his career. Therefore, he will see out his time on the South Coast until things have moved onto a stage that is satisfactory to him.
When we look back at previous managers too, there can be no doubt that the right man is in charge. Hasenhuttl bases his own philosophy on high-intensity football and this is what the club and fans wanted when they replaced Claude Puel.
Puel brought results but was criticised for the drab football his side played at times, and this ultimately saw Saints knocked out of the Europa League at the group stage.
Mauricio Pellegrino failed spectacularly as boss next up, and Mark Hughes was only going to be a short-term appointment once things progressed into his first full season at the helm.
Watching Saints now is entertaining and, if the club get things right in the summer, exciting times can be ahead once the consistent results come.