Just over one year ago, it appeared there would be another managerial casualty in the Premier League, after Southampton equalled the record for the heaviest defeat yet. A 9-0 defeat which left the Saints shellshocked.
Alongside this heavy defeat, they dropped into the relegation zone & things looked bleak. Time isn’t something which is handed to many managers in the Premier League, especially when relegation is on the cards.
The board could’ve easily ended the contract of Hasenhuttl, but they saw the project that he was trying to create, and offered him time.
They’ve really stabilised their team, but they’ve all come together to work under Ralph’s regime. He demands high workrate from his players, but the results are already clear to see. They beat a high-flying Everton & showed heart to come back against Chelsea, in an exciting 3-3 draw.
Although they’ve lost Hojberg to Spurs, James Ward-Prowse has filled the void & more.
Now Ralph has been given the time to implement his philosophy on the squad, he’s being given plaudits by all of the pundits. They’ve labelled him as one of the best managers in the league. Let’s see if he can keep it up!