Ralph Hasenhüttl Expected to Sign New Southampton Contract After Upturn in Form

​Southampton expect manager Ralph Hasenhüttl to sign a new contract at the club after talks resumed as a result of the club's recent upturn in form.

The Austrian was set to sign a new deal earlier in the season, but talks were almost immediately stopped following the humiliating 9-0 loss to Leicester City back in October 2019, with the Saints falling as low as 19th in the table.

Wilfred Ndidi,Yan Valery

Hasenhüttl was given time to turn things around, and he has certainly done that. They have won seven of their last 12 games to climb up to 13th, and now ​The Telegraph report that the boss will soon extend his stay at the club.

His existing deal is set to run until the summer of 2021, but Hasenhüttl appears to have done enough to prove to club officials that he is capable of leading ​Southampton on to bigger and better things.

There is said to be a confidence that the Austrian wants to be in charge to implement the club's long-term strategy for success, and a total agreement on a new contract may not be too far away.

Following the Leicester defeat, Hasenhüttl was boosted by the appointment of Matt Crocker as director of football operations, and the pair have worked together to finally get the best out of the squad.

While the pair deserve credit for their work, striker ​Danny Ings also merits plenty of praise. The 27-year-old has fired 17 goals in all competitions this morning, and has even fought his way back into the discussion for Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Danny Ings,Ralph Hasenhuttl

He has helped the Saints pick up victories against ​Chelsea​Tottenham Hotspur and ​Leicester, and they now sit an impressive seven points clear of the relegation zone.

While club officials do not believe that Southampton are guaranteed to stay up this season, they feel as though Hasenhüttl is the right man for the job, and recent form has only encouraged that.

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Source : 90min