Ralph Hasenhuttl is up for the challenge of steering Southampton to safety as he looks to make his mark in the Premier League.
The Austrian coach signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the struggling Saints to replace Mark Hughes, who was sacked on Monday with the club sitting in the relegation zone.
Having had a break from the game since departing the Bundesliga club, he admitted at his introductory press conference that a move to English football always felt like a “logical step” in his career.
“I want to put my footsteps in the snow here,” Hasenhuttl – who steered Inglostadt to promotion from the second tier before taking over at Leipzig – told the media.
“I think I did it at all the clubs before and often in similar situations to this one at the moment. It’s a bit back to the roots for me, last year was maybe easier because I had a fantastic Champions League team, and we were on a very high level tactically.
“Maybe this step isn’t the easiest one, but I never wanted easy in my life. I’m always challenging myself, looking forward I’m not afraid of anything.”