Southampton are considering ending Ralph Hasenhuttl’s time at the club and want Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper to replace him.
According to the Daily Mail, it seems as though the writing is on the wall for the Austrian manager.
He’s been with the Saints for four years but progress in recent times has been at a minimum, to say the least.
Hasenhuttl took over at Southampton in 2018 and has overseen 58 wins from 167 matches in charge.
His win ratio is down at 34% and last season, his team finished in a lowly 15th place in the Premier League.
Now, the Saints are preparing for a manager who can help the young squad reach the next level.
Ultimately, they are underachieving and they feel that Cooper could be perfect for the club.
The 42-year-old could be on the brink at the City Ground.
He has been given at least one more game in charge but with five defeats on the spin, his future at the City Ground looks bleak.
Hasenhuttl could be handed his marching orders but it’s not clear when that time will come.
Southampton face Manchester City this weekend and it does seem likely that he will stay in charge for that game.
Southampton considering Cooper
In the past couple of days, Wolves and now Southampton have been linked with a desire to appoint Cooper.
That in itself should tell the Forest hierarchy that he’s worth keeping.
The Reds are in dire straits but if they were to go down, there wouldn’t be a better manager capable of bringing them back up.
Forest were expected to be in a relegation fight this season.
Despite spending a huge sum of money this summer, it was always going to be a challenging season.
Forest haven’t been back in the Premier League for 23 years and it would be sad to see Cooper get sacked after just nine games of the season.