Ralph Hasenhuttl is at risk of losing his job as Southampton manager after three straight defeats… with Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper a possible target to replace him
- Southampton consider sacking Ralph Hasenhuttl after recent results
- Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper is a possible candidate to replace Hasenhuttl
- Southampton sit 16th in the league after a worrying start
Ralph Hasenhuttl is at risk of losing his job as Southampton manager as the club’s owners consider making a managerial change.
The Austrian manager’s future has been in limbo for almost 12 months, but the Saints are believed to be seriously considering his position.
Should Hasenhuttl leave, Southampton will conduct a full recruitment process.
Ralph Hasenhuttl risks losing his job as Southampton manager after recent results
However, one manager likely to interest Southampton is Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper, who has a successful history of nurturing young talent – a trait aligned with the club’s ethos.
Cooper remains in charge at the City Ground which could impact any move from Southampton to appoint the former England Under-19 chief.
However, Cooper’s future at Forest is also in doubt amid tensions with owner Evangelos Marinakis and the fact that they are bottom of the Premier League after a run of five consecutive defeats.
Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper could replace Hasenhuttl
Hasenhuttl’s side are 16th in the Premier League and will face Manchester City in their next game
But it remains to be seen whether Cooper will emerge as a priority target for Southampton.
The Saints will face Manchester City this weekend but the timing of Hasenhuttl’s expected departure remains to be seen.
Hasenhuttl has struggled with concerns from inside the Saints dressing room over his managerial style, with his relationship with a number of players believed to be strained.
Indeed, the club have reportedly considered relieving the respected manager of his duties at various times over the past 12 months.
But the club decided to stick with Hasenhuttl, with the cost of his dismissal and his coaching staff seen as a factor.
However, the 55-year-old is now in grave danger of losing his job, with many believing it is now a matter of time if he leaves St Mary’s.