Manager Watch: Fulham boss would be a good fit at Southampton

Felix Magath - Fulham Manager

Odds have been slashed on Felix Magath becoming Southampton's next manager.

When Mauricio Pochettino left Southampton for Tottenham, the majority of the names being linked with the Saints job had a certain ring to them.

Young, European and able to implement an exciting style of play. Murat Yakin, Michael Laudrup and Ronald Koeman were just three examples.

But a new twist in the hunt for Pochettino's replacement has bucked the trend quite significantly. Indeed, Fulham boss Felix Magath - a 60-year-old - is now second favourite to be named Southampton's new coach.

Koeman, of course, is still favourite for the role, while Burnley boss Sean Dyche has moved up to the third in the running. However, the sharp increase suggests there is a definite possibility that German Magath could leave London for the South coast.

The idea makes a lot of sense.

What many clubs often lack after initial success in the Premier League is a long-term strategy. Southampton have done exceptionally since promotion from the Championship but the departure of their manager and striker Rickie Lambert this summer may only be the start of an exodus.

The club are hopeful there will be no more changes and installing Magath as their new boss could help in that process.

Initially feared for his heavy-handed approach to management, the 60-year-old disproved the doubters with a positive performance at Fulham. By the time the Cottagers' relegation was confirmed, many fans had been convinced that appointing Magath earlier would have prevented such a dire outcome.

But it is the German's previous history that suggests he is a good fit at St. Mary's. A double winner with Bayern Munich, Magath has ample experience at the top level, while his time at Fulham will have meant he has tasted the everyday life of a Premier League manager.

Magath is also very focused on promoting youth. Southampton's notorious academy will give him plenty to work with, especially as he handed opportunities to the likes of Moussa Dembele and Cauley Woodrow during his time at Craven Cottage.

After Fulham's run to the FA Youth Cup final, Magath told reporters: “It is a pleasure for me to work with young players. The first thing for me is to look at our academy and look for ones which can join us.”

That philosophy will be just as welcome at Southampton.

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