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Southampton’s new boss Ralph Hasenhütll guarantees St. Mary’s full capacity

Southampton have replaced Mark Hughes with his successor Ralph Hasenhütll. Former RB Leipzig manager holds the philosophy that “either you give the people what they want to see or one of you looks for a new stadium”. It’s a pretty bold statement from the Austrian manager and we hope that Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium will always be full under him.

Nevertheless, Saints home ground capacity is only 32, 505. It’s 18th biggest capacity ground in England’s club competition. If Ralph Hasenhütll goes with his first season performance at RB Leipzig, Southampton will have to build a new home ground.

Stadiums have always been full as a result of how we played – Ralph Hasenhütll

Hasenhütll in an interview with Bundesliga’s official website earlier in May said, “I think no matter where I’ve worked, in Aalen or Ingolstadt or here [Red Bull Arena Leipzig], the stadiums have always been full as a result of how we played. It’s successful, attractive and represents a particular way of life and that’s down to our philosophy. There’s a saying, ‘either you give the people what they want to see or one of you looks for a new stadium’. I agree with that 100 percent.”

Staying true to his words, former RB Leipzig coach only managed Leipzig for two seasons. In his first season he ends up as Bundesliga runners-up. It was quite an achievement, but second season his team drops to sixth place and he asked for a change despite having one year left in his contract.

There are two possibilities – one is that there is a new trainer with new ideas, or you change the team

Hasenhütll asked Ralf Rangnick (then Sporting Director of RB Leipzig), “It was a pity we missed out on the Champions League by two points, but, after two seasons, I had pressed everything what I would out of this team, and even though I had one more year left on my contract, I spoke to Ralf and said, “This team needs a new impact or a new trainer.”

He adds as Southampton official website reports, “There are two possibilities – one is that there is a new trainer with new ideas, or you change the team. But this is a very good, young team and that’s not possible. So we end these two successful years on a good note and I go on a little break and then look for new opportunities.”

Now, Ralph Hasenhütll is ready to start his new era with Southampton. Here also, he only has a contract of two and half years. He hasn’t signed a very long contract because he knows every team needs fresh ideas with a new manager.

I want to be known as Hasenhütll, not Klopp

His philosophy is pretty much similar to Liverpool’s jurgen Klopp. They earned their coaching badges together but he doesn’t want to end up as Klopp’s mirror image. He wants to be known as Hasenhütll, not Klopp.

He himself said, “[Klop and I] did our coaching badges together and we know each other very well. I think we appreciate a similar philosophy on football – we want to play a high tempo game, we want our guys to sprint around, press well and these elements make the game livelier and varied and get people excited.”

And, we all know excitement never ends in Premier League. On any given day, any team can beat any other team. It’s a pity that Southampton have only registered one victory in their first 14 games. Somewhere Saints will have to pick up and they couldn’t have done better to bring in one more exciting manager to the Premier League.

Premier League is already witnessing most of the big managerial names in world football. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Jose Mourinho (Manchester United), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea), Unai Emery (Arsenal), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur), Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham United), Claudio Ranieri (Fulham), Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace), and Rafael Benitez (Newcastle United) are already there trying to prove their mettle.

And then, there are names like Eddie Howe (Bournemouth), Chris Hughton (Brighton & Hove Albion), Sean Dyche (Burnley), Neil Warnock (Cardiff City), Marco Silva (Everton), David Wagner (Huddersfield), Claude Puel (Leicester City), Javi Garcia (Watford), and Nuno (Wolverhampton Wanderers) are ready to find their footing in presence of above big names.

Ralph Hasenhütll definitely doesn’t want to be a laughing stock. Austrian must have his own ideas coming to Southampton. He remembers that Leipzig suffered four more league defeats last season than the season they end up Bundesliga runners-up, but 43,000 capacity Red Bull Arena has been full to bursting most weeks. He thinks that fans in Saxony compete with those anywhere in the world… although Leipzig’s attacking brand of football certainly helps.

A week ago, Klopp said of him, “A good guy, very lively football, very aggressive, pressing. It sounds like a win-win situation.”

Now, let’s see how this win-win situation help Southampton survive in Premier League. Saints currently sits at 18th on points table. If his attacking brand of football clicks at St. Mary’s, Saints will definitely need a new stadium with more capacity. If he can burst 43,000 capacity ground, he will definitely want more from this 32, 505 capacity ground.

All the best… Ralph Hasenhütll


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