Hasenhuttl up for challenge of steering Southampton


Ralph Hasenhuttl is up for the challenge of steering Southampton to safety as he looks to make his mark in the Premier League.

Ralph Hasenhuttl

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.”


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