Reviews declare Southampton are lining up former Swansea supervisor Steve Cooper as a attainable alternative for Ralph Hasenhuttl ought to the Austrian half firm with the membership.
Hasenhuttl, 54, has been on the St Mary’s helm since December 2018, profitable 43 of his 118 video games in cost. He guided Saints to a Fifteenth-place end final season but it surely was removed from a easy trip. They misplaced eight of 9 Premier League video games from mid-January onwards.
That run included a 9-0 thrashing by the hands of Manchester United. And it was not the primary time the previous RB Leipzig chief had witnessed that scoreline.
In October 2019, Leicester Metropolis struck 9 unanswered objectives at St Mary’s throughout a dreadful begin to that marketing campaign. There have been rumours through the previous couple of years that Hasenhuttl’s days on the south coast could also be numbered.
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However he has at all times managed to hold on to his job. Nevertheless, it stays to be seen how a lot endurance the membership’s hierarchy have this time period.
Southampton have taken three factors from their first 4 video games of 2021-2022 however have but to win. Saturday’s goalless draw at residence to West Ham United sees then 14th within the top-flight standings.
Cooper holds advantage over rivals
Cooper did not enjoy a particularly successful playing career, turning out 57 times for Bangor City. But he has impressed in the coaching world, enjoying roles with the England Under-16 and Under-17 sides.
That adopted on from working with Wrexham Youth and Liverpool Youth, the place his inventory rose significantly. The Welshman took over at Swansea in June 2019, penning a three-year deal on the Liberty Stadium.
However he left after two years within the put up after failing to information the Swans into the Premier League. They reached the Championship play-offs in each of his campaigns in cost, shedding twice to Brentford.
The west Londoners had been too good within the semi-finals in the summertime of 2020. Whereas Thomas Frank’s aspect beat them within the remaining final season.
The Pontypridd-born tactician has made no secret of the very fact he needs to handle within the prime flight. And the hyperlink to Southampton is clear, with director of soccer operations Matt Crocker a former work colleague on the Soccer Affiliation.
Cooper, 41, remains to be out of labor after leaving South Wales with a close to 45 per cent win charge on his CV. He was linked with the Crystal Palace job however the Eagles opted for Patrick Vieira as a substitute.
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