Hasenhuttl facing major ‘concern’ at St Mary’s

Southampton’s end-of-season collapse a ‘concern’ for Ralph Hasenhuttl, says Sun reporter Tom Barclay.

Hasenhuttl’s charges were poised to challenge the European places heading into the final months of the season, but a terrible run of results saw them finish just above the bottom three.

What happened to Southampton this season?

After recovering from a poor start to the campaign, the Saints kicked into high gear over the festive period and looked firmly on track to complete their first half under the Austrian’s management.

Southampton were scoring a lot, conceding few and had finally sorted out their questionable form at home which put them in contact distance Wolves and Tottenham.

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However, just like 12 months before, Hasenhuttl’s side completely crumbled before the straight and collected just five points out of a possible 33.

As a result, Southampton ended up finishing 15th for the second season on the rebound, and Barclay believes their declining form is a worrying trend.

What did Barclay say about Hasenhuttl?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “The fact that we basically saw a repeat of what we saw last season of the team’s form dipping in the second half of the season. I think last year you could largely attribute the extra games and resulting injuries.

“But this season he seemed to have had a much bigger squad, albeit with more inexperienced players, but those who had shown themselves up to the task in the first half of the season, so having such a bad form should be a concern.”

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Could Hasenhuttl’s work be threatened?

Hasenhuttl has largely done a good job since his arrival, although fans will surely be forgiven for losing patience after a disappointing two years.

Southampton finished 11th in his first season at the club, and although they operated on a tight budget in the transfer market, evidenced by the fact that their total spend was lower £40 million in the last two windows, consecutive 15th places are always disappointing.

Their £100 million The takeover which was completed in January should increase their spending during the summer period, but if Hasenhuttl is supported by the new owners and then starts the season slowly, he could fight for his job.

On the other hand, the Daily mail reported earlier this month that the new owners have their full support, but some fans were heard chanting “you don’t know what you’re doing” during the loss at Brentford, so Hasenhuttl must get it right from the start. leaving or he could be in serious trouble.

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