Hasenhuttl explains what changed at Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Ralph Hasenhuettl, Manager of Southampton celebrates victory with Yan Valery of Southampton after the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Everton FC at St Mary's Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

The Austrian manager has taken the helm of the English Premier League club as the club is fighting not to get relegated this season.

Southampton FC is currently in 15th place of the English Premier League table.

The club has 22 points, as they are hovering near the relegation zone.

And after Mark Hughes was dismissed as coach in December, new Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl explains what he has done so far with the team.

“The team has shown that they have more potential in them than people thought,” he told Sky Sports.

“We didn’t have to immediately bring new players in.”

“We tried to create potential and quality, and I think we did that. That doesn’t mean we are not looking, because we are looking, but we’ll only do a transfer if it helps us immediately and also for the future,” he explained.

Hasenhuttl is full of praise for Ward-Prowse

The Southampton manager was amazed by the display shown today by the footballer after his team won 2-1 over Tottenham Hotspur.

“It’s a package. If you find a young player who has potential and quality then we’ll think about a transfer. The more important thing in this transfer period is to give players away, to have a committed group that is not too big.”

“If it is too big, I cannot give every player the feeling that he is important for me. That is what I want to do,” he added.

“If a new player comes in now, it will take time to get used to our philosophy, so I think the most successful way to work is in the summer [transfer window] where we have a full pre-season and can work six weeks with new players.”

The Austrian has managed Southampton in the last ten matches.

Of those games, the Saint has four victories, four defeats, and two draws.

“If you want to be a part of a team I manage, it is important to put your ego to one side,” he added.

“To work for the team and for the success of the team. That is more important than one ego.”