Southampton slipped closer to the Premier League relegation zone following a 2-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.
Mark Hughes’ side were desperate for a result against the Championship winners, but the game was uneventful for the majority. It took 80 minutes for the deadlock to be broken when Ivan Cavaleiro scored with his first touch in the Premier League. More poor defending allowed Jonathan Castro Otto netted to condemn the Saints to their fourth defeat of the season.
Results will definitely be concerning to the Southampton board following the failures of last season. The club avoided relegation by just one point on the final day of the campaign, but Hughes was chosen as the man to take the club forward. However, the ex-Manchester United man has failed to improve the side, and drastic measures need to be made if the Saints are to avoid another dogfight.
The man to replace him could be former RB Leipzig boss – Ralph Hasenhuttl. The 51-year-got received his breakthrough in management back in 2007 when he became the head coach of SpVgg Unterhaching. After helping them avoid relegation, Hasenhuttl spearheaded their charge up the table, and the club missed out on a playoff spot by just one point.
After spells with VFR Aalen and FC Ingolstadt, the Austrian was appointed as the manager of RB Leipzig in July 2016. He was chosen as the man to guide the club after they were promoted to the Bundesliga. Hasenhuttl lead Leipzig to second place in the table, behind only Bayern Munich, in his first campaign with the side.
The tactics he uses is similar to Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal football at Liverpool which could be perfect for turning Southampton’s season around. A squad of Southampton’s talents are ready-made for his brand of football and could help bring the best out of players who have struggled under Hughes’ guidance.
With results not improving, this is a decision the Southampton board must make quickly.
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