Former RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl is Southampton’s first choice to replace Mark Hughes as manager, according to reports.
Despite securing a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at the weekend, embattled Saints’ wretched overall form cost the Welshman his job on Monday.
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Hughes, appointed in March, managed to keep his former club up last season and was rewarded with a three-year deal in the summer along with coaches Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki.
But those appointments proved Southampton’s latest costly mistake, with the club getting rid of the trio a month after wielding the axe on vice-chairman of football Les Reed and technical director Martin Hunter.
Saints sit in the relegation zone with just one win from 14 Premier League matches and it is understood that they are looking at the highly-rated Hasenhuttl to re-energise the club.
After spells in charge of Unterhaching, Aalen and Ingolstadt, the Austrian has been without a job since ending his impressive spell at Leipzig in the summer.
While Saints work to bring in Hasenhuttl, first-team assistant coach and fans’ favourite Kelvin Davis will be in the dugout when Saints head to Tottenham on Wednesday.