Latest from St. Mary’s: Update reveals Southampton’s position on Ralph Hasenhuttl sacking
The Sun’s Tom Barclay expects Southampton to back manager Ralph Hasenhuttl despite their disappointing start to the season.
The Austrian has been at the club for almost three years, but he may be starting to feel the pressure after a disappointing calendar year so far in 2021.
What’s the latest news in Southampton?
Southampton haven’t won any of their opening seven league games this quarter, leaving them just one point above the relegation zone heading into this weekend’s game.
In all fairness, they’ve managed to get four draws this season, including against both Manchester clubs, but they failed to step up to the next level offensively, scoring just five times in the elite all season.
It was reported earlier this week that Hasenhuttl is under increased surveillance at St Mary’s and some members of the team believe he will be relieved of his duties in the coming weeks.
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What did Barclay say about Hasenhuttl’s future?
Barclay believes the Saints will stick with Hasenhuttl as they want to avoid following the path Chelsea took under Roman Abramovich of sacking their managers at regular intervals.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Barclay asked Hasenhuttl to stay and explained his reasoning saying: “Based on my information, and more from what CEO Martin Semmens recently told the Total Saints Podcast, a fan show. He was really suggesting the opposite, saying they probably weren’t going to go down the Chelsea path in sacking the manager. They have a long term strategy.
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Should Hasenhuttl be sacked?
We are still at the start of the season, and the campaign has by no means been a horrible one for Southampton.
They have had a number of fights against City, United and Chelsea, and they are in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup. There has been enough positive performance to suggest Hasenhuttl deserves more time.
Yet the bigger picture also needs to be looked at. The south coast club have had a miserable year, winning just five league games in 2021, and have suffered an alarming drop in form since briefly taking over the Premier League last November.
Additionally, Chelsea’s strategy of constantly firing managers has actually worked well for them for almost two decades, as they won five league titles and the Champions League twice during Abramovich‘s time at the club. .
It shows that changing managers can lead to a resumption of fortunes, and if results don’t improve soon under Hasenhuttl, Southampton may want to move him before being firmly dragged into a relegation this quarter.
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