Southampton latest news: Saints board's stance on Ralph Hasenhuttl's future revealed

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton job is safe after gaining the backing of Saints’ owners, according to the Sun journalist Tom Barclay.

The south coast club finally secured their first Premier League win of the season after sealing a 1-0 triumph over Leeds United last weekend.

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Southampton’s victory allowed them to climb four points clear of the relegation zone.

It came as a valuable boost for Hasenhuttl as, going into the contest at St Mary’s, statistics showed Saints had won just four Premier League fixtures in 2021, clinching only 21 points along the way.

Southampton’s alarming form resulted in reports that members of Hasenhuttl’s squad expected him to be sacked in the coming weeks.

However, Hasenhuttl has remained in the hotseat and he hit the news in the build-up to facing Leeds after it was confirmed the Austrian had been charged by the Football Association over comments made following James Ward-Prowse’s dismissal in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea before the international break.

Hasenhuttl reacted by suggesting his quotes on video assistant referee Mike Dean had been misunderstood.

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What has Tom Barclay said about Hasenhuttl?

Barclay does not believe Hasenhuttl is in danger of losing his job at St Mary’s.

The journalist claims Hasenhuttl’s attention to detail at all levels of the club is seen as a positive aspect of his style of management at Southampton.

Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “Before last weekend, they went through another sticky patch.

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“This year hasn’t been good, but they believe in him and they’ve given him their backing.

“He’s not just concentrating on the first team because Ralph has got a philosophy that he wants the whole club to follow.”

How has Hasenhuttl’s Southampton reign gone so far?

Following the sacking of Mark Hughes, Hasenhuttl was appointed as Southampton’s new boss in December 2018.

He has gone on to manage Saints 123 times, with the south coast club garnering 45 wins in the process.

However, there have been some embarrassing defeats along the way, including a 9-0 home hammering at the hands of Leicester City less than a year after his unveiling.

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The rout led to question marks over Hasenhuttl’s future, with the Austrian admitting he took full responsibility for the humbling.

To make matters worse, Saints lost by the same scoreline when they visited Manchester United last season.

However, the 54-year-old has already shown his managerial pedigree by leading former club RB Leipzig to 41 victories during an 83-match stint at the Bundesliga side’s helm.

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