Hasen­huttl named new Southamp­ton man­ager

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Hasen­huttl as man­ager on a 2-1/2-year con­tract after fir­ing Welsh­man Mark Hughes, the strug­gling Premier League club said in a state­ment yes­ter­day. The 51-year-old former RB Leipzig coach will take charge to­day, the day after Saints play Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in the league at Wem­b­ley.

Southamp­ton sacked Hughes after a 2-2 draw at home to Manch­ester United last week­end left the south-coast club in the rel­e­ga­tion zone with one win from 14 league matches. Hasen­huttl guided newly-pro­moted Leipzig to sec­ond place in the Bun­desliga in the 2016-17 sea­son be­fore leav­ing last May after a dis­pute over a new con­tract.

The former Aus­tria for­ward will be Saints’ fourth man­ager in two years with Claude Puel and Mauri­cio Pel­le­grino also be­ing sacked since Ron­ald Koe­man left for Ev­er­ton in 2016. Southamp­ton chair­man Ralph Krueger said Hasen­huttl had been on Southamp­ton’s radar since he was at FC In­gol­stadt and took the Ger­man side up to the Bun­desliga for the first time in 2015. Southamp­ton said he would be sup­ported by ex­ist­ing first team as­sis­tant coach Kelvin Davis, head of goal­keep­ing Dave Wat­son and head of sports science Alek Gross.

The change of man­ager has been wel­comed by many Southamp­ton sup­port­ers who were frus­trated at Hughes’ in­abil­ity to get the most from a tal­ented squad.

The Welsh­man helped Saints nar­rowly avoid the drop last sea­son by fin­ish­ing 17th in the ta­ble, but this term they sit 18th in the stand­ings after seven de­feats. Their only league win this sea­son came against Crys­tal Palace in Septem­ber and suc­cess-starved fans have seen Southamp­ton win only one league match at home in the past 12 months

— a 2-1 vic­tory over Bournemouth in April.

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