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Ralph Hasenhuttl: Joining Southampton was “the right decision”

Hasenhuttl is still making all the right noise.

Ralph Hasenhuttl is happy at Southampton and is not entertaining a return to the Bundesliga any time soon Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has more than ingratiated himself with the Saints fanbase.

The Austrian has already become a favourite with Southampton fans less than a year into his job thanks to his philosophy of attacking football, playing with intensity and his willing to blood in youngsters from the famed Saints academy.

He also seems to be a top bloke, thoroughly enjoying his time with Southampton in the Premier League as he helped the club stay clear of relegation last season.

What seemed like a coup at the time of him signing as Saints manager, Hasenhuttl couldn’t be a more perfect fit for Saints fans at present.

So it will be music to many Southampton fans’ ears to hear Hasenhuttl has once again reiterated his happiness at the club, and that he will not be entertaining any moves back to the Bundesliga any time soon. [H/T Read Southampton’s Luke Osman]

Hasenhuttl spoke to German football magazine Kicker, as relayed by Sky Sports Austria, saying:

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.

[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.

Long may it continue.