Ralph Hasenhuttl speaks out on Aston Villa and Norwich City ties with strong claim from Southampton
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said he couldn’t imagine a better job than the one he has, having been linked with Aston Villa and Norwich City in recent weeks.
Hasenhuttl has emerged as a potential candidate for Villa and Norwich during the international break, with both clubs sacking their managers less than a fortnight ago.
First of all, Hasenhuttl was linked with Villa immediately following the removal of Dean Smith, the Austrian’s name on a shortlist of interesting managers for the Midlands club, as well as Steven Gerrard, who was appointed last week. .
The Southampton manager was also linked with the vacant Norwich post following Daniel Farke’s sacking, although it was reported in national media that the Canaries considered it a long shot in an attempt to attract the Austrian.
As it turns out, Norwich has finally appointed Smith as their new head coach, with the former Villa boss set to face Hasenhuttl again in the opposing dugout at Carrow Road tomorrow, 15 days after clashing at St Mary’s while he was Villa director.
But ahead of the game, Hasenhuttl opened up about ties to other clubs, saying he is enjoying his time at Southampton, where he has a contract until 2024 after signing a new deal last year.
“I can’t imagine a much better job than the one I have here. It’s what I’ve always looked for in my entire managerial career,” he said when asked questions. on the links.
“I have managed Champions League clubs. It is a very interesting job for me here. I can’t imagine a lot of things that I want to do more than be a manager here at this club.
“I do everything with this club to make sure it is going in a healthy and developing way.
“I think it looks like we are on the right track. It’s still hard. Every year, with our limitations as a club, it becomes more and more difficult to play with the best teams in the world.
“But it’s always nice to see that we get there and that in the end we take points against each team and go in the right direction.”