Southampton are reportedly not close to sacking manager Ralph Hasenhuttl despite the fact that the club are second bottom of the Premier League going into the final international break of 2019.
As per the Sun, Hasenhuttl retains the support of the Saints board despite a dismal campaign so far, with just one point picked up at home in the Premier League.
The report says that the powers that be at St Mary’s are reluctant to make another managerial change after years of reshuffling in the dugout.
It goes on to say that Hasenhuttl’s performances last season offer him credit and there is an acceptance that he needs to be better supported in the transfer market.
TBR’s View – Hasenhuttl showed last season he can be the right man but home form must improve
Hasenhuttl’s appointment and subsequent performances offered hope that Southampton had gone back to the formula which had made them so successful in the earlier part of the decade.
But the rot which has set in over the last few years looks to have set in; the lack of goalscoring threat and leaky defence have still not been sorted out by the manager.
It will be interesting to see if he is able to recover the situation – keeping the faith for the time being is the right course of action and it’s still better to have Hasenhuttl than Mark Hughes.