Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ralph Hasenhuttl: New Southampton manager is just like Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp - pundit

Ralph Hasenhuttl: New Southampton manager is just like Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp - pundit

Mark Hughes was dismissed following the 2-2 draw against Manchester United, which left the club in 18th place in the Premier League, and Hasenhuttl will officially begin the role on Thursday, the day after Southampton's clash at Tottenham.

New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl yesterday rejected his nickname the "Klopp of the Alps", saying he wants to forge his own reputation in the Premier League.

Southampton's board believe former RB Leipzig and Ingoldstadt boss Hasenhuttl's appointment represents a return to the club's values of a progressive, upwardly-mobile and demanding manager.

The 51-year-old Austrian - who comes into the role on the back of Mark Hughes being sacked on Monday - has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club.

"As soon as we met, Ralph's enthusiasm for football was contagious and his hunger to take on a new and challenging job in the Premier League was evident". "We were sitting in the football school together and made our pro licence together and I was always a fan of his football".

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Hasenhuttl will be looking to bring Leipzig's form from his time in charge to the club, but he could become part of an unwanted list on Saturday afternoon.

The engaging Hasenhuttl, who joked that his surname translates into English as "rabbit hutch", fired a word of warning that he will ship out any players not ready for hard work.

'The near future has to be to move as quickly as we can out of the [relegation] zone'.

Southampton face two pivotal away battles in the early relegation stakes by facing first Cardiff on Saturday then Huddersfield on December 22. No one likes change, but if you give a new manager a chance, you will improve as a player. If they like to go this way with us, they are invited. "It will be a hard-working way", Hasenhuttl said.

"When everyone is pushing limits to a higher level we can see how far it gets and, when someone says it's too much running or too much work, for me he will fall beside us".

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