Ralph Hasenhuttl loving ‘best league in the world’


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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has no regrets over his move to England and is currently loving life in what he terms the “best league in the world”.

Having replaced Mark Hughes earlier this season, Hasenhuttl is the Premier League’s first Austrian manager. Saints were threatened with relegation when he took over, with their new boss inheriting a side that was winless in 11 games and level on points with bottom club Fulham.

They now sit 16th in the table, five points clear of the relegation zone and with three wins in their last five outings. The manager feels he is developing with his side.

“I enjoy it very much to work in the best league in the world,” Hasenhuttl said. “It is a very important step in my development.

“I’ve got a club that gives me the chance to work with a fantastic group, a fantastic area, fantastic training ground and a team that is really open-minded and working very hard. I enjoy every day here.”

After a tough recent run of fixtures that saw his team facing top-six outfits Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool, Hasenhuttl is now targeting a strong finish.

Wolves are next up on Saturday and, with six games left, Saints players have been given a daring target. Asked how many points he is targeting in the rest of the season, Hasenhuttl said: “Eighteen.

That would be perfect. But the target is now the weekend. [Wolves] will be a hard nut to crack.”

Southampton are 2.60 to beat Wolves at St Mary’s on Saturday. The visitors are 3.00 to bounce back from losing their FA Cup semi-final last weekend while the draw is priced at 3.10.

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