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Meet Southampton New Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, ‘The Alpine Klopp’

Tanuja Saikhom | 2 months ago

Recently, Southampton has appointed ex-RB Leipzig boss RalphHasenhüttl as their new manager following streaks of losses under Mark Hughes. The Saints, who are struggling in the relegation zone, roped in the first Austrian coach to take the Premier League job. The club has been busy reshuffling coaches in the last few years.

Ralph Hasenhüttl is known as “Klopp of the Alps” in reference to his style and tactics, which is influenced by German manager Jurgen Klopp. He has a history of winning before he landed on the English soil. The 51-year-old Austrian professional in his first press conference since he took Southampton spoke of his philosophy:

 “It’s a very proactive way to play. Anyone who knows my team can see there are a lot of intensive runs and everyone knowing what to do, it depends on heart…and a lot of running! Also on mind work and flexibility, and being very quick in your decisions.” 

Read on to get to know more about him.

Who is he?

Hasenhüttl is an Austrian footballer who made his debut with hometown club Grazer in the 1985–86 season at the age of 18.

When did he start his managerial career?

He began his managerial career in 2004-05 as a youth team at SpVgg Unterhaching, a Bundesliga side. He became the new head coach on 4 October 2007.

Where did he work before Southampton?

He worked for German clubs, Unterhaching, VfR Aalen, Ingolstadt 04, and RB Leipzig.

What are his achievements as a manager?

Ingolstadt 04 in 2 Bundesliga (2014–15); Aalen in 3 Liga promotion (2011–12); RB Leipzig as the Bundesliga debutante to qualify for a European tournament. Hasenhüttl  guided Leipzig to second place in Bundesliga in his first season and

What about his tactics?

His tactics include attacking and counterattacking football, which will be good for young and quick players.

What can Southampton expect from him in Premier League?

For now, depleted Southampton need some change to survive the competition. The priority is to revive themselves from the bottom half of the table. If a traditional coach can’t steer them towards a game from which points can be made, they need someone like Hasenhuttl to pull them out of the relegation zone. What the fans can do is to keep their fingers crossed till the last game of the season.