James Beattie is of the opinion that Southampton should secure manager Ralph Hasenhuttl on a long-term contract.
Hasenhuttl took charge at St Mary's in December 2018 when replacing
the sacked Mark Hughes, becoming the first Austrian to manage in the
Premier League, and he has enjoyed a decent spell at the helm.
After helping the club avoid relegation to the Championship, the
52-year-old was hopeful the Saints could push on in his first full
season in charge and potentially challenge for a European finish.
However, a dreadful start to the campaign culminated in a 9-0 home
defeat to Leicester in October and there were calls from supporters to
give the under-pressure manager the sack.
Southampton stuck by Hasenhuttl and that has proven to be a good
decision by the board, who have witnessed the Austrian guide the Saints
to a string of victories in November, December and January to see them
climb away from relegation trouble.
With the season currently on lockdown due to the coronavirus
pandemic, the south-coast outfit are sitting 14th in the Premier League
table, seven points clear of the drop zone and 10 adrift of fifth-placed
According to reports, both the Austrian and the Saints hierarchy are
relaxed about the manager's situation as it's fully expected he'll
commit to a new contract, with his current deal expiring in the summer
Beattie, who played for Southampton from 1998-2005, has been speaking
to the Daily Echo about Hasenhuttl and the former striker believes the
club will be making the right decision by handing the manager fresh
"It would be important," he said. "You only need to look at Brighton.
Graham had a decent start to the season and, as we've seen in the past,
managers are assets now.
"They tie the players down to long-term contracts, so they can't walk
out of the club for free, so I think it will be prudent for the club to
do the same with the manager.
"They might be in talks already I would have thought."
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