Ralph Hasenhüttl

Birthday August 9, 1967
Age 54
Job Manager
Birthplace

Ralph Hasenhüttl is an Austrian professional football manager and former player who is the current manager of Premier League club Southampton.

Born in Graz, Hasenhüttl began his career with hometown club GAK, making his first team debut in the 1985–86 season. He transferred to Austria Wien in 1989, with whom he won three successive Bundesliga titles and two Austrian Cup. He moved to Austria Salzburg in 1994, where he won another Bundesliga title as well as an Austrian Super Cup. In 1996, Hasenhüttl moved abroad, with spells at Mechelen and Lierse in Belgium. In season 1998–99, he signed for 1. FC Köln, for a fee equivalent to €200,000. In his two years in Cologne, however, he only scored three goals and in 2000 moved to SpVgg Greuther Fürth.

On 5 December 2018, Hasenhüttl was appointed as new Southampton manager, succeeding Mark Hughes and becoming the first Austrian manager in the Premier League. At the time of his appointment, Southampton occupied the last relegation place, one point from safety. His first game in charge was a 0–1 defeat at Cardiff City, three days after his appointment. His first win as Southampton’s manager came on 16 December in a 3–2 win at home to Arsenal, ending the Gunners’ four-month 22-match unbeaten run. On 27 April 2019, Southampton secured Premier League status after a 3–3 draw against Bournemouth at St Mary’s. They finished the season in 16th place.

Hasenhüttl’s side suffered a 9–0 home loss to Leicester City on 25 October 2019 and the joint-worst loss in Premier League history and worst on home soil; he apologised for the result and was given the club’s backing to remain in his job.