Report: Ralph Hasenhuttl favourite to replace Hughes at Southampton

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - MAY 05: Head coach Ralph Hasenhuettl of Leipzig shows his delight after winning the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg at Red Bull Arena on May 5, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has emerged as the reported favourite to succeed the ousted Mark Hughes at Southampton

The Austrian ended a two-year spell in charge of Leipzig in May after guiding them into the Champions League for the first time in their history in his first campaign.

However, Leipzig only managed a sixth-place finish last season and exited the Champions League at the group stages.

Despite that though, Hasenhuttl remains highly-rated in Germany with the Telegraph claiming that he’s at the top of Southampton’s managerial shortlist.

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The Saints announced the dismissal of head coach Hughes this morning following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

With Southampton only 18th in the Premier League with one win in 14 games, the board allegedly view Hasenhuttl as the right man to lead them to safety.

Former Atletico Madrid and Valencia manager Quique Sanchez Flores is another candidate under consideration.