Southampton close in on impressive new boss appointment

Date published: Tuesday 4th December 2018 9:27

Southahmpton are closing in on their new manager after Ralph Hasenhuttl reportedly agreed a deal to take over St Mary’s.

The Austrian has been out of work since leaving Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in the summer, but it would appear that he is a certainty to take over from Mark Hughes on the south coast after the Welshman was shown the door on Monday, with Saints in the bottom three.

Hasenhuttl, a former Austraia striker, has only ever managed clubs in Germany – first with Unterhaching and then gaining promotion with both Aalen and Ingolstadt.

The 48-year-old would be Southampton’s fourth manager in just over two years following the exit of Hughes, who became the second Premier League manager to lose his job this season after Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham.

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Hasenhuttl took over at Leipzig in 2016 and took the newly promoted side to second in the Bundesliga and was in charge of their first ever Champions League campaign.

First team assistant coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday night’s Premier League game against Tottenham at Wembley, as the Saints look for only their second league win of the season.

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