Southampton appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl as replacement for Mark Hughes

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 8, 2018

New Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is excited by the "challenge" that awaits him in the Premier League as he prepares to take charge of the team for the first time on Saturday.

Spurs responded with a 3-1 victory over rudderless Southampton at Wembley on Wednesday night courtesy of goals from Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min to hoist themselves back into third place.

The Austrian manager has made waves in his first week at the club, warning his new team that the intensity level is going to be upped in an attempt to salvage their flailing Premier League campaign.

"It's a big challenge but also the logical next step in my career", said Hasenhuttl.

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.

"When I left Leipzig I was thinking about my next step, and I want to stand in front of a new team, new language, to get developed personally and in my view of football".

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Hasenhuttl became Leipzig boss in the summer of 2016 and guided them to a second-placed finish in the Bundesliga the following season.

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. It showed me the relationship is good, but they have to accept another style of footballIt is a results business and we have to get them as soon as possible.

"If someone says it is it too much running or work for me they will fall very quick beside us".

"We have a lot of games and my football is all about training sessions, working on habits".

He said it would be "fantastic" if he could enjoy similar success but the first target was to pull away from the relegation zone. No one likes change, but if you give a new manager a chance, you will improve as a player.

Pompey go in search of an eighth consecutive win in all competitions when they host Southend.

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