Report: Saints, manager Hasenhuttl agree in principle

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Well, that was quick.

There’s a good reason that many reports of Mark Hughes’ sacking by Southampton included the note that Saints would like to hire Ralph Hasenhuttl as his replacement.

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Hasenhuttl has agreed in principle to take charge of the Premier League side after good talks on Monday, according to Sky Sports.

The 51-year-old Austrian manager has led Aalen and Ingolstadt to promotion in Germany’s lower tiers, and led RB Leipzig to Champions League qualification in their first Bundesliga season.

Hasenhuttl was eight-times capped by Austria during a 16-year career spent between Austria Wien, Austria Salzburg, and several other teams.

Saints sit 18th, a point back of safety.