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- By SAMI MOK­BEL and IAN LADYMAN Sports · Soccer · Mark Hughes · Red Bull GmbH · Leipzig · FK Austria Wien · Austria · Vienna · VfR Aalen · Liverpool Football Club · Liverpool · Jürgen Klopp · Alps · Timo Werner · Southampton F.C. · Southampton · Ingolstadt · RB Leipzig · Ralf Rangnick

SOUTHAMP­TON have moved quickly to re­place sacked Mark Hughes with Aus­trian Ralph Hasen­huttl close to be­ing ap­pointed new man­ager.

Sports­mail re­vealed on Novem­ber 21 that Hughes was close to the axe and his exit was con­firmed yes­ter­day with the club telling the Welsh­man, who was wear­ing his train­ing kit, at 8.30am. A move for 51-year-old for­mer Red Bull Leipzig boss Hasen­huttl is at an

WHO IS RALPH HASEN­HUTTL?

AS a floppy-haired striker for Aus­tria Vi­enna, he won sev­eral league ti­tles in his home­land be­fore be­com­ing a Bun­desliga jour­ney­man. His coach­ing ca­reer took off when he led lowly VfR Aalen into the Ger­man sec­ond tier be­fore mov­ing to In­gol­stadt and haul­ing them into the top flight. It was at RB Leipzig that Hasen­huttl made his name. Tasked with keep­ing the pro­moted side in the Bun­desliga, he led them to sec­ond in his first sea­son and se­cured Europa League foot­ball in his sec­ond.

WHY DIDN’T HE STAY AT LEIPZIG?

THE fans were still singing his name at the end of last sea­son. But tac­tics, trans­fer pol­icy and con­tract talks saw his re­la­tion­ship with sport­ing di­rec­tor Ralf Rang­nick de­te­ri­o­rate.

WHAT KIND OF COACH IS HE?

HE has of­ten been com­pared to Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp, and earned the nick­name ‘Klopp of the Alps’ at In­gol­stadt. He wears his heart on his sleeve and his teams press en­er­get­i­cally. He is less of a show­man than Klopp — more re­served in press con­fer­ences and more of a dis­ci­plinar­ian on the train­ing pitch.

HOW DO HIS TEAMS PLAY?

UN­DER­DOGS In­gol­stadt scrapped and snarled their way to sur­vival in their first year in the Bun­desliga. Yet Hasen­huttl prefers at­tack­ing foot­ball and un­leashed that at Leipzig. Built around Naby Keita in mid­field, his Leipzig side sur­prised the Bun­desliga with ex­hil­a­rat­ing foot­ball. Fe­ro­cious counter-press­ing, ex­cel­lent tran­si­tional play and the pace and fin­ish­ing of Timo Werner made them a match for any team.

WILL HE HOLD HIS OWN IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?

THE pace and open­ness of mod­ern Premier League foot­ball should suit Hasen­huttl. His only prob­lems at Leipzig came later in his ten­ure, when op­pos­ing teams set up de­fen­sively. If his team are un­der­dogs and there is space to counter, he flour­ishes. Southamp­ton fans can draw hope from Hasen­huttl’s record. At Aalen and In­gol­stadt, the Aus­trian took over with the club in the rel­e­ga­tion zone. At both clubs, it took him just 18 months to turn mis­ery into magic.

 ?? GETTY IM­AGES ?? Press: Hasen­huttl likes his teams to at­tack
GETTY IM­AGES Press: Hasen­huttl likes his teams to at­tack
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 ?? AMA ?? Great­est show­man: Hasen­huttl has been com­pared to Jur­gen Klopp
AMA Great­est show­man: Hasen­huttl has been com­pared to Jur­gen Klopp

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