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Southampton: Club still unsure on Ralph Hasenhuttl

Southampton: Club still unsure on Ralph Hasenhuttl -Premier League News

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl faces a battle to survive as manager, with the club “seriously weighing up” their long-term future, according to insider Dean Jones.

THE LOWDOWN: SORRY SAINTS

Four consecutive defeats saw Southampton in a sorry position, floating just one point above the dreaded relegation zone, with reports suggesting that the Austrian coach was on the brink of losing his position at the helm of the St Mary’s outfit.

But quite emphatically, Hasenhuttl has recovered well, claiming points from West Ham United, Bournemouth and Arsenal.

The side now find themselves three points above the relegation zone in 16th place.

THE LATEST: BUYING TIME

Despite Hasenhuttl’s resurgence, insider Jones believes that the Saints boss is still facing an upwards battle.

Speaking to GiveMeSport after Southampton’s midweek win against Bournemouth, Jones said: “At the end of the day, it was a big result for Southampton.

“It’s probably bought him a bit of time, but it’s probably bought Southampton as a football club some time, too, because they will be seriously weighing up now what they do after Hasenhuttl, because the chances are it’s pretty rare that you go through a spell as bad as that and come through it and survive for a long time.”

THE VERDICT: PLAY IT BY EAR

Hasenhuttl has found himself in tricky positions before and has always managed to retain the Saints’ Premier League status, so it would perhaps be foolish to let him go now – especially considering the last three results, which could see them push on for the remainder of the campaign.

That said, Southampton should be monitoring potential candidates who can take their young, talented squad to the next level and should have potential appointments in place ahead of the fast-approaching World Cup, which will afford the club football scene some breathing space.

That would give any incoming manager time to work with the squad behind the scenes and would mean he would have an almost immediate transfer window to shape the squad somewhat.

For now, though, we feel Southampton need to play this one by ear and make sure that preparations are in place in case the downward spiral commences once more.


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