Southampton have hired the former Bundesliga coach Ralph Hasenhuttl, handing him his first ever Premier League job.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has become the fourth permanent Southampton manager since the start of the 2016/17 season, following in the footsteps of Claude Puel, Mauricio Pellegrino and the sacked Mark Hughes.
According to Sky Sports, the former RB Leizpig coach agreed at two-and-a-half year deal to replace Hughes at St Mary’s with his appointment confirmed on Wednesday.
But what can Southampton fans expect from a man who is far from a household name on the English South Coast? Well, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT (5 December, 11.40am), the former Saints captain Jose Fonte is expecting big things from Hasenhuttl, having heard rave reviews about the 51-year-old Austrian.
“I spoke with a couple of managers who know him and the references were very, very good,” said Fonte, who is now in France with Ligue 1 high-flyers Lille.
“I expect good things and hope he can turn things around fast. But what I’ve heard is very good, very very good.”
Hasenhuttl certainly arrives with an impressive track record. In his most recent managerial post, he led RB Leipzig to a second placed finish in their first ever Bundesliga season while earning his ‘Klopp of the Alps’ nickname on the back of a hugely exciting style of football based on tireless pressing and rapid transitions.
Whether he can replicate this ambitious and complicated style of football at a Southampton side who have been playing dire football for over two years now remains to be seen.
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