In comments reported by the Daily Echo, Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted that he was taken aback by Ross Wilson’s decision to become Rangers’s sporting director.
Wilson spent three years with Southampton as the club’s director of football operations. But it was announced at the start of this week that he has headed to Ibrox.
It appears to be an exciting time to be at Rangers. Steven Gerrard has taken the Gers to the top of the Scottish Premiership, and they have held their own in Europe since the Englishman’s arrival.
Nevertheless, Hasenhuttl conceded that he was not expecting Wilson to leave St Mary’s – though, he suggested that he was pleased for his former colleague.
“It was surprising for sure,” he said, as reported by the Daily Echo. “What I can say is that I had a very good relationship with him and I liked to work with him. He is a fantastic character and a great personality. I liked to work with him. I enjoyed every minute.
“He goes to a famous club and has a new challenge, we wish him all the best. For us, it’s a big loss for sure.”
It will be interesting to see how Southampton’s fortunes fare now Wilson has left. It has not been the easiest time for the Saints in recent years.
They have struggled to rediscover the magic they often had under Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman. Hasenhuttl looked to be a fantastic appointment, but it does not appear to have quite clicked yet.
The club’s recruitment has come in for quite a lot of criticism in recent years. So there will be plenty monitoring how both Rangers and Southampton get on while Wilson is at Ibrox.