Paul Merson
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Paul Merson blasted Southampton for hiring a manager who he claims without any Premier League experience.

Southampton hired ex-RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl to replace Mark Hughes’ last Wednesday which has drawn praises his style of football and proven success in Germany.

However, Hasenhuttl success is not enough proof for Merson as he believes Cardiff would defeat Southampton 2-0 in South Wales on Saturday because new coach has never managed in England’s top-flight before.

“There’s a new man at the helm at Southampton in Ralph Hasenhuttl but I must side with Cardiff to win this game. Saints are bringing in a manager who has never experienced the Premier League and I think there’s a rude awakening coming on Saturday,” said Merson on the Sky Sports website.

“Southampton may have let slip a two-goal lead against Manchester United last weekend, but they did play well, don’t get me wrong. However, with the new manager coming in this weekend I think it’s going to be a difficult afternoon for them. I’m backing Cardiff for a win that will put Southampton in big trouble.”