In all truth, as soon as Mark Hughes was kept on as manager at Southampton over the summer, Southampton were always doomed to fail.
Somehow he managed to get the job at Southampton despite having a huge role to play in Stoke City getting relegated. The board did back Hughes over the summer as they signed Stuart Armstrong, – who’s been one of the few players to perform – Mohamed Elyounoussi, Angus Gunn, Jan Vestergaard and Danny Ings but unfortunately, those signing weren’t enough.
Indeed Southampton have only mustered nine points this season and have only managed to win one game in the league this season. As you’d expect, Saints sacked Hughes, who became the only managed to be sacked twice in a calendar year, and brought in former RB Leipzig Ralph Hassenhuttl.
The Austrian manager had a superb spell with Ingolstadt and took them from a relegation-threatened side to Champions in the 2.Bundesliga. He continued their incredible run as he managed to take them to 11th in the Bundesliga and was soon offered the job at new powerhouse, RB Leipzig.
After a season where Leipzig finished second in the table in his first year at the club, Hasenhuttl’s time at the club was brought to an end as Leipzig finished sixth in the table and failed to get back into the Champions League.
At this point in the season, Southampton need to start stringing some wins together or they could well find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table. The former Leipzig manager will have a hell of a job on his hands but at the same time, there is a glimmer of light on the south coast.
In his second spell with Leipzig, he turned them into a side that had a good defence but also a team that liked to press and transition quickly. At Southampton, he has the players do that. There’s the basis of a solid defence, aside from Wesley Hoedt while he also has talented midfielders in Mario Lemina and Stuart Armstrong. Moreover, he may be able to get the best out of Redmond and Elyounoussi.
He has a hell of a job to do at Southampton but Hassenhuttl may well have a team that he could take out of the bottom three.