Hasenhuttl not feeling pressure at Saints

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says a top ten finish is the realistic target for his team next season.

Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he can handle the pressure of being Southampton boss, despite ongoing speculation over his future at St Mary's.

Saints boss Hasenhuttl has regularly been among the bookies’ favourites to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked after a disappointing series of results.

His side currently occupy 18th place and appear destined for a relegation scrap over the course of the rest of the campaign after picking up just 12 points from their first 14 games. A record of three wins on the board so far is clearly not good enough but the Austrian coach remains undeterred and insists he can handle the pressure on him without too many problems.

“Every manager has pressure. It is a marathon, not a sprint and we know how to handle it,” he said when asked about the speculation over his job in the build-up to Wednesday’s home clash with fellow strugglers Norwich City.

Southampton managed to get a vital win over the weekend when they beat bottom-of-the-table Watford 2-1 and Hasenhuttl, who has made a point about securing victories at home, knows a similar outcome and performance from his side is required in midweek.

He added: “It’s important to get points in the home games. Two or three wins takes us up to the middle of the table and we need to take as many points as possible this year and make sure we are in best possible position for the second half of the season.”

Hasenhuttl has been in charge on the south coast for nearly a year after being appointed on December 6, 2018 and has only won 13 of his 42 matches in charge in all competitions, drawing 10 and losing the other 19.

Following Wednesday’s visit of the Canaries, Saints go to Newcastle on Sunday before hosting West Ham on December 14 as they aim to build on the win over the Hornets.