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Report: Saints, manager Hasenhuttl agree in principle

Napoli v RB Leipzig - UEFA Europa League

NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 15: Coach of RB Leipzig Ralph Hasenhuttl celebrates the victory after UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Napoli and RB Leipzig at the Stadio San Paolo on February 15, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

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Well, that was quick.

There’s a good reason that many reports of Mark Hughes’ sacking by Southampton included the note that Saints would like to hire Ralph Hasenhuttl as his replacement.

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Hasenhuttl has agreed in principle to take charge of the Premier League side after good talks on Monday, according to Sky Sports.

The 51-year-old Austrian manager has led Aalen and Ingolstadt to promotion in Germany’s lower tiers, and led RB Leipzig to Champions League qualification in their first Bundesliga season.

Hasenhuttl was eight-times capped by Austria during a 16-year career spent between Austria Wien, Austria Salzburg, and several other teams.

Saints sit 18th, a point back of safety.

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