Ralph Feels He Can Achieve His Ambitions With Saints
Saturday, 28th Nov 2020 08:59
Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed his ambitions for the future, but he feels that in the long term he can achieve them at St Mary's, his words are music for Saints fans ears, at last a manager who doesn't just chase a big pay day.
Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United are a shadow of their former selves, yes they have won the odd cup or two, but they have returned to a similar pattern that emerged after the late great Sir Matt Busby stood down from the Old Trafford job some 50 years ago.
Then they entered a football wilderness where they failed to win a League title throughout the 70's & 80's, they won a few cups but that is not good enough for United or their fans and their armchairs and they are heading for that type of period again as manager after manager is tried and failed.
Saints of course where partly responsible for their resurgence when a win over the Red Devils in 1986 in the League cup saw Ron Atkinson sacked and the then just plain Alex Ferguson appointed, but it took the Scot nearly 6 years to win the title and in the current climate of football, managers don't get that time anymore, at least not at the Big Six clubs.
But Ralph Hasenhuttl and Saints are different and it seems that he feels that he has found a club where he can build a dynasty and in doing so achieve his own ambitions, of course he won't be here for ever, but Ralph Hasenhuttl is a man that chases ambition not money.
He knows that at the moment he could probably move to a bigger club for more money sooner than later, but he also knows that his moment in the sun could be fleeting, as it was for David Moyes when he left Everton for Manchester United.
Speaking ahead of the visit of Manchester United at St Mary's, Ralph had this to say.
When asked if he aspired to manage a club like United one day, the 53-year-old turned the question around to signal his intentions for Saints.
“But that doesn’t mean that I cannot manage this club and go there.
“I have big, big targets with this club here.”
“To speak of the international spots in the Premier League (ie Euro spots) it’s not really helpful because when you speak of the names you’re competing with, I don’t have to tell you, there are six spots normally and you can fight for the seventh one.
“It’s not really a target you can seriously take. But you never know.
“At the moment we have a good average of points. We have nearly two points average, this is definitely an average of points you can reach international spots.
“Our goal is to keep this average of points as high as possible"
The Big Six are starting to crumble a little, there are several clubs who are hovering to take advantage this season including Saints, some like West Ham or Everton have more money, but I know who I would want as manager of Saints and it none of the other Premier League managers ahead of Ralph Hasenhuttl, long ay that be the case.
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