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Ralph Hasenhuttl agrees new three-year deal at Southampton in principle

The Austrian looks set to stay at Saints according to reports

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl could be set to sign a new contract at Saints RB Leipzig Premier League coronavirus COVID-19 Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has agreed in principle a new contract to stay at the club according to reports.

His contract was due to expire at the end of the 2020/21 season.

And, according to The Sun, the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will not play a factor in stopping Hasenhuttl from signing the deal proper.

Hasenhuttl has never managed a club for more than three seasons and such a move would indicate he’s interested in the Southampton project long-term.

While in lockdown, the 52-year-old has reportedly been hard at work in developing a club-wide plan to introduce his counter-pressing style across all teams - from the starting XI down to the Under-9s.

Before joining the Saints, Hasenhuttl took RB Leipzig from the German second tier to finish second in the Bundesliga and earn a place in the Champions League.