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Southampton fans must fear Ralph Hasenhuttl will leave as Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman did if successful

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Southampton fans must fear Ralph Hasenhuttl will leave as Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman did if successful

The Austrian has a history of leaving clubs for greener pastures, something Southampton fans are sick of.

The Mark Hughes era at Southampton is over and the club can now look forward to what will hopefully be an exciting brand and style under Austrian boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The former RB Leipzig man has been compared to Jurgen Klopp for his footballing philosophy and Southampton fans will hope he can galvanise the club in the same way the German has at Anfield.

But Southampton fans should be fearful of one aspect of Hasenhuttl’s managerial career.

He has earned a fantastic reputation for his work at his last three clubs. He took VfR Aalen to the German second-tier for the first time and then took Ingolstadt to the Bundesliga. After that, he led Leipzig to a second-placed Bundesliga finish and a Champions League debut.

But he left all three clubs.

INGOLSTADT, GERMANY – DECEMBER 10: Ralph Hasenhuettl, head coach of Leipzig reacts during the Bundesliga match between FC Ingolstadt 04 and RB Leipzig at Audi Sportpark on December 10, 2016 in Ingolstadt, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Bongarts/Getty Images)

He left Aalen after losing several key players, suggesting to Swabische that he could ‘not set new goals’ with the club.

 

After keeping Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga in 2015-16, finishing 11th in the Bundesliga, he again did not extend his contract at the club.

Instead, he went to RB Leipzig where, after two seasons, he could not agree on a contract extension and left in the summer.

Hasenhuttl is clearly a strong-willed man and when he feels it is time to leave a club he does just that.

Southampton fans will, therefore, be happy with any success, but fearful of a repeat situation. In recent years both Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman have headed to pastures new when approached to leave St Mary’s. Hasenhuttl might also be using the South-Coast club as his English stepping stone.

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