Appointing Mark Hughes last year after his dreadful season with Stoke City always seemed like a terrible move from Southampton.
Yes, he managed to keep the club in the Premier League but in truth that was mainly down to Stoke, Swansea and West Brom being so poor.
The former Stoke manager was always doomed to fail at the club and it remains to be seen why the board kept him on at the beginning of this season. For a team that used to pride itself on wise higher management and youth development, that seems to have vanished now.
Sacking Hughes was the only move they could make at this point, especially with Fulham having appointed Claudio Ranieri. However, not only has the former Man U man left the club in a bad position but he has also cost them £6 million according to the Daily Mail.
Appointing Ralph Hasenhuttl seems like a good move going forward and probably the one they should’ve made over the summer. The former German did a good job with RB Leipzig as he challenged Bayern Munich for the title and got Leipzig into the Champions League in their first season in the Bundesliga.
Not only is he one of the better upcoming managers but he also represents a return to the ideal that Southampton had once followed. It remains to be seen whether the 51-year-old will be able to keep the side in the Premier League but what is for certain is that Southampton may have found their long-term coach.
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