Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has suggested that he has not heard any potential rumblings over Ralph Hasenhuttl’s future with the Saints despite their awful current run of form in the Premier League.
The Saints suffered another major setback against Everton on Monday night falling to an eighth defeat in their last nine Premier League matches. In that time they have picked up just one single point from a possible 27, by a distance the worst run of any side in the division over that period.
The current issues for Southampton on the field have of course not been helped by the host of injury issues they have suffered, and Oriol Romeu is the latest to add to a lengthy list and is out for the rest of the campaign.
In total, the Saints have lost players for a total of 708 days through either injury or illness this term, the fourth-worst record in the league behind Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Liverpool.
However, that alone is not a good enough justification for Southampton’s dreadful run of form since their New Years’ day triumph over Liverpool. A lack of January investment has not helped, but Hasenhuttl still has enough quality to pick up better results.
Speaking to talkSPORT, via Hampshire Live, Le Tissier was asked if he is aware of any potential uncertainty over Hasenhuttl’s future but he confirmed that he expects at this stage for the club to stick by him.
He said: “I haven’t heard any whispers of that.
“It’s a strange one because you look at the run they’re on and, most clubs with a manager on that kind of run – there would be a lot of talk and pressure on him.
“But it doesn’t seem to be the case with Southampton. They seem to believe in the manager.
“Given what he did to the team after last season’s 9-0 result [to Leicester], you can see why there is a belief in him there.
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This update from Le Tissier does suggest that the Saints are going to afford Hasenhuttl the time to turn things around on the field in the coming weeks. The Southampton legend is someone who will have plenty of strong links with the club, so if there were any doubts over the Austrian’s long-term future at the moment he would likely have heard a few things.
It is rare in this day and age that a manager can survive such a run as Southampton are currently on in the league. No manager is infallible or bigger than the club, so if the run continues and they suffer a defeat against bottom of the table Sheffield United on Saturday things might change.
The realistic question is, is there any better managers out there that the Saints could attract that would come in now and immediately transform their fortunes. That does seem unlikely at this stage. Hasenhuttl has proven capable of getting results out of these players before. It does for now at least seem fair to give him a chance to turn things around.