Ralph Hasenhuttl is already a cult hero at St Mary’s Stadium, and his latest comments to the German media will only provide Saints fans with more encouragement.

The boss spoke to Kicker, as relayed by Sky Sports Austria, and he addressed his ambitions for the future, both in the short-term and long-term.

Hasenhuttl reiterated that he is happy to be at Southampton. While he was reluctant to rule out an eventual return to the Bundesliga, he was firm in his stance that he does not see himself moving back to Germany any time soon. He said:

I do not want to exclude that completely, but at the moment, the Bundesliga is not an issue for me. The Premier League is not for nothing called the strongest league in the world. If you, as a coach, have the chance to work there, you should do that while you can. I want to make my way in England.

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[Joining Southampton was a] stroke of luck and the only right decision. I’ve learned a lot here in the last few months, and I am 100 per cent sure that will make me a much better coach.

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He just can’t do anything wrong, can he? Hasenhuttl’s latest comments will be music to the ears of Southampton supporters far and wide, as he once again reaffirms his commitment to the club

Hasenhuttl has been a breath of fresh air from the moment he walked through the door, and ahead of his first full season at St Mary’s, supporters have every reason to be optimistic. He may not be a miracle worker, but he will undoubtedly work tirelessly to extract the very most from this group of players.

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Before he arrived, Southampton were on their knees, facing relegation, and playing uninspiring football. Now, a new-look squad built upon the foundations of intensity, commitment and the will to win has been constructed, and Hasenhuttl is chiefly responsible for this.

It is without a doubt that the boss could test himself at a club of arguably higher prestige than Saints. But he appears to be invested in the project he is overseeing, and while Hasenhuttl is on the St Mary’s touchline, we have to make the most of him and enjoy watching the team under his stewardship.

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