Southampton’s players expect boss Ralph Hasenhuttl to get the sack imminently after their poor start to the season, according to a report.
After last season’s 15th-placed finish, the Saints sit 17th this time around, but without a win to their name.
Four draws have seen Hasenhuttl’s men collect just four points and the Saints boss’ future is said to be far from secure.
There was talk of the axe for the Austrian boss last month. Steve Cooper, who has since taken the Nottingham Forest job, was linked with the role.
Now though, a Southampton ‘dressing room source’ has told Football Insider that there is a “strong feeling” among the players that Hasenhuttl won’t be at the club much longer.
Whether or not Hasenhuttl retains the respect of the squad is unclear, but the first-team squad are expecting the axe to fall less than three years after he replaced Mark Hughes.
Hasenhuttl, 54, has been at the St Mary’s helm since December 2018, but after the poor start this term he has come under pressure.
The former RB Leipzig boss has accepted there is pressure after failing to win a game this season.
“You can see that with one point always you don’t make really big steps forward,” he said last month.
“It’s a pity that we had a big chance for winning against Man City. It would have been three extra points and a fantastic win and then the pressure is a little bit lower. But there is always pressure.
Defeat a ‘disaster’
“It’s important that we have always a chance to win. To prepare as good as possible, and then it’s not always so important who the opponent is.”
Last month’s goalless draw with champions Man City threatened to be a turning point. However, a defeat against Wolves, which Hasenhuttl described as a “disaster”, was followed by defeat at Chelsea.
Hasenhuttl said: “It was a big setback because the chances were there to win the game. It was a disaster for us. But the league is very long, we’ve had a tough schedule in the beginning.
“We know we need to take the first win; there’s always a chance to do it,” he said ahead of the defeat at Stamford Bridge.