Documents could be being drawn up regarding a potential contract extension for Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, according to The Athletic journalist Carl Anka.
The Austrian has been in charge of the south coast club since replacing Mark Hughes back in December 2018 (BBC Sport).
Hasenhuttl has done brilliantly well with the Saints this season, somehow picking his team up from a humiliating 9-0 home defeat against Leicester City back in October and guiding them away from the relegation zone into 12th place (BBC Sport). Because of the good work he has done, it is thought that the club have started to talk to the former RB Leipzig boss about extending his stay at St Mary’s (Tom Barclay).
It seems that there is something in that report, with Anka revealing that he believes documents will be drafted. However he also suggested that no official discussions will take place until Southampton reach 36 points in the Premier League, a number that they can surpass if they beat West Ham on Saturday.
Posting on his official Twitter page, Anka wrote: “Ralph says discussion on his contract won’t start until Saints reach 36 points. Considering they can get to 37 with a win this weekend, I imagine documents are being drawn up.”
If Hasenhuttl is given a new contract by Southampton, then it would be hard to argue that he doesn’t deserve it based on the job he has done at the club so far. When he took over 14 months ago, they were languishing in 18th place in the Premier League with relegation looking a real possibility (BBC Sport).
He managed to keep them in the top flight, finishing in 16th place and five points clear of the bottom three. Despite a slow start this term, he has ultimately kept on improving the Saints’ league position and they look likely to comfortably stay up, sitting 10 points clear of the drop zone with just 11 games remaining (BBC Sport).
Having been instrumental in moving the club up the Premier League table, he would thoroughly deserve an extension to his deal.
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