Southampton named the new head coach

Ralph Hasenhuttl

Hasenhuttl will be hoping to steer Southampton to safety Credit GETTY IMAGES

Southampton's board believe former RB Leipzig and Ingoldstadt boss Hasenhuttl's appointment represents a return to the club's values of a progressive, upwardly-mobile and demanding manager.

"It's a big challenge but also the logical next step in my career", said Hasenhuttl. "It is my goal to get my name known here in the Premier League".

Pochettino's men were in no mood to let Southampton make it nervy for them and two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half killed the game.

"Nobody wants to be on the sidelines and the lads have done extremely well over the last few games, I've been proud of them". It's a bit back to the roots for me.

"It's a bit back to the roots for me, a year ago I had a fantastic Champions League team, we were on a very high technical level, the step is not the easiest one but I never want it easy in my life". The step is not the easiest one, but I never want it easy in my life. "I always challenge myself".

"I know there are no guarantees of winning and the only thing we have is to work on chances".

Saints boast just one win in 15 league matches this term, with Hasenhuttl becoming the club's fourth permanent manager in less than 18 months.

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.

"The first target is to get out of relegation zone", said the Austrian, who took his coaching licenses alongside Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

"You can expect a very passionate kind of football..."

Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned he will trim Southampton's squad before seeking new signings in the January transfer window. "I want to be my own character". "If they like to go this way with us they are invited to, and when they follow us it will be an intensive, hard-working way".

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.

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