Charlie Austin delivers brutal verdict on Southampton boss after Leeds defeat
Charlie Austin has claimed on TalkSPORT that Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl should be under pressure. The Saints were beaten 2-0 by Leeds last night and it’s been a miserable second half of the season.
Southampton started 2020/21 in decent fashion but have fallen away badly since the turn of the year. They currently sit 14th in the division and can count themselves fortunate not to have been embroiled in a relegation battle.
Austin played 81 games for the Saints, scoring 20 goals and claiming four assists during his time with the club. Now, he believes it’s time Hasenhuttl took some responsibility for his team.
He told TalkSPORT: “I think he needs to come under a bit of pressure if I’m honest. Alright, they had a good start but they fell away so much, didn’t they? Let’s not forget they got beat 9-0 again. Once is a shame but twice…
“They’ve got good players. They’re going to lose Ryan Bertrand and that’s going to be a big loss for them – he’s been there for so long. Danny Ings has also only got a year left.
“If you look at the manager he gets so much praise in the press and all this, that and the other but he almost passes the buck to the players. It needs to come from him a bit and take a bit of accountability.
“The second half of the season they’ve been poor.”
TBR View: Austin has a point regarding Hasenhuttl
Although Southampton have endured some rotten luck with injuries it’s still fair to say they’ve underachieved this season.
Hasenhuttl’s squad boasts some real quality and they should have performed a lot better during the current campaign.
The summer could prove an anxious time for the Saints. Bertrand is already leaving, whilst calls will surely be made regarding Ings and his availability.
Jannik Vestergaard and Jan Bednarek could also come under scrutiny regarding their future.
Hasenhuttl has done little this season to showcase the level of ambition that might tempt those players into sticking around at the club.
As a result, it seems only natural that he should be under a bit of pressure going into next season.
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