Tottenham show new Southampton manager size of his task

  • Tottenham show new Southampton manager size of his task

Tottenham show new Southampton manager size of his task

Ralph Hasenhuttl is up for the challenge of steering Southampton to safety as he looks to make his mark in the Premier League.

Spurs added to Southampton's relegation fears with a 3-0 victory over them on Wednesday night.

Former Austria striker Hasenhuttl has become Saints' fourth permanent manager in less than 18 months after Mark Hughes was sacked on Monday.

The Austrian manager has made waves in his first week at the club, warning his new team that the intensity level is going to be upped in an attempt to salvage their flailing Premier League campaign.

"As soon as we met, Ralph's enthusiasm for football was contagious and his hunger to take on a new and challenging job in the Premier League was evident".

"We have a very good youth academy in this club and it's a goal for us to bring them forward again", said Hasenhuttl.

"I had a few successful years in Germany and was thinking about my next step, and it challenged me to stand in front of a new team with a new language". I think Southampton saw how Leipzig had improved as a team under Hasenhuttl and while they did have money to spend, a lot of it was done to the coach and his ideas.

The engaging Hasenhuttl, who joked that his surname translates into English as "rabbit hutch", fired a word of warning that he will ship out any players not ready for hard work.

Southampton face two pivotal away battles in the early relegation stakes by facing first Cardiff on Saturday then Huddersfield on December 22.

"I want to put my footsteps in the snow here", Hasenhuttl, who guided Inglostadt to promotion from the second tier before taking over at Leipzig, told the media.

"If someone says it is it too much running or work for me they will fall very quick beside us".

"If you know my kind of football, you will know I'm about training sessions, working on habits. If you have the chance to do so, it's okay, but if you don't it's not so easy".

Krueger said the qualities Hasenhuttl displayed in taking unheralded German side Ingolstadt from the foot of the second tier to promotion to the elite augured well for Saints' future.