Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

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

Southampton appoint Hasenhuttl as new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl steps in at Southampton till 2021
Cary Erickson | 08 December, 2018, 22:02

Hasenhuttl will be supported at Southampton by existing first-team assistant coach Kelvin Davis, who was in charge of the team against Tottenham, as well as head of goalkeeping Dave Watson and head of sports science Alek Gross.

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.

The former RB Leipzig boss was adamant he is "not afraid" of the task ahead of him after watching Wednesday night's defeat at Tottenham from the Wembley stands, before officially taking over as Southampton boss on Thursday.

"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. My goal is to get my name known here in the Premier League", Hasenhuttl said.

51-year-old signed with the saints a three-year agreement.

Pochettino's men were in no mood to let Southampton make it nervy for them and two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half killed the game.

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While managing the Bundesliga side, Hasenhuttl took Leipzig to a second-place finish in their first season in the top-flight.

"Nobody wants to be on the sidelines and the lads have done extremely well over the last few games, I've been proud of them". If someone says it is too much running or work for me they will fall very quick. "I think he set marks in Germany with his kind of football and that really influenced my style, absolutely".

Southampton face two pivotal away battles in the early relegation stakes by facing first Cardiff on Saturday then Huddersfield on December 22.

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. "If you have the chance to do so, it's okay, but if you don't it's not so easy".

'Last year I had a fantastic Champions League team, we were on a very high technical level.