Southampton ‘could SACK Ralph Hasenhuttl or fire his backroom team instead’
Southampton ‘could either FIRE Ralph Hasenhuttl or keep the boss under pressure and fire his backroom team instead’ after dismal form since March saw them finish 15th in the Premier League
- Southampton are reportedly considering the future of boss Ralph Hasenhuttl
- The owners also weigh whether to let their coaching staff go this summer
- Hasenhuttl was criticized towards the end of the season in the midst of dismal form
Southampton owners are reportedly weighing two options after their 15th-place finish in the Premier League.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl found himself under intense scrutiny amid a poor showing late in the season. The Saints earned just one point in their last six games.
As a result, Hasenhuttl could receive his marching orders or he could stay and his backroom team would be laid off, according to Sun.
Southampton could reportedly sack manager Ralph Hasenhuttl (centre) or his backroom staff
United Group founder Dragan Solak completed the acquisition of Southampton in January
The report claims that Southampton’s majority owners Sport Republic are looking to make changes after a disappointing end to the campaign.
The club’s form had been dismal since March, although they beat Arsenal 1-0 on 16 April, and were in danger of being dragged into the relegation battle after conceding an alarming 24 goals in 10 games.
Chants of ‘sacked in the morning’ directed at Saints boss Hasenhuttl echoed through the stadium from his own fans in a 3–0 loss to Brentford on 7 May.
Hasenhuttl replaced the sacked Mark Hughes in the St Mary’s hotseat in December 2018, bringing a fresh and energetic style of play.
In his first full season in charge, he guided them to an 11th-place finish while making his mark in the top flight, but his progress has stalled somewhat with back-to-back 15th-place finishes in the past two seasons.
Hasenhuttl took charge of Leipzig between 2016 and 2018, leading the club to the Champions League for the first time. He also previously managed Ingolstadt, Aalen and Unterhaching.
Sport Republic, led by Serbian billionaire Dragan Solak and former Brentford boss Rasmus Ankersen, completed its takeover of the club in January after Solak bought a £200m share.
Saints boss Hasenhuttl has found himself under intense scrutiny amid dismal form since March.