Tottenham show new Southampton manager size of his task

Tanya Simon
December 9, 2018

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will become the first Austrian to take charge of a Premier League fixture on Saturday, as he travels to Cardiff City.

"I think I did it at all the clubs before and often in similar situations to this one at the moment".

Hasenhuttl's lack of Premier League experience is an obvious concern but you don't finish runners-up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga without having something about you. 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.

'I know that he has a little bit more experience with games in England than I do, ' said Hasenhuttl with a wry smile.

The club confirmed former goalkeeper Kelvin Davies, who takes charge of the match at Spurs, will work as an assistant to Hasenhuttl, who led RB Leipzig to second place in the 2016-17 campaign - their first season in Germany's top flight.

Southampton, who parted ways with long-serving head of football development Les Reed earlier in the season, are third from bottom of the Premier League ahead of a tough match away to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. I don't like it so much; I want to be my own character. The step is not the easiest one, but I never want it easy in my life.

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Mauricio Pochettino, who made Davis his first captain at Southampton in 2013, was pleased to see his side bounce back after their north London defeat and climb back above Arsenal in the table.

"Paterson works hard and I thought all the way through we created better chances, and we played better football".

"But I'm not afraid of anything".

The new Saints manager shrugged off comparisons with his friend and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and prioritised dragging his new club out of the relegation zone. If they like to go this way with us, they are invited. "I really believe that if we produce those opportunities again in three or four games' time then we'll get our rewards".

"Ralph Hasenhuttl could be a good fit for Southampton and I'm sure people would quickly start to like him in the UK", Bielefeld told Sky Sports News.

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