Saints Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has rejected his nickname ‘The Klopp of The Alps’, and is focused on Southampton climbing the Premier League table. New Saints boss Hasenhuttl had shrugged off comparisons with his friend and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, and prioritised dragging his new club out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Former Austria striker Hasenhuttl has become Saints’ fourth permanent manager in less than 18 months, after Mark Hughes was sacked on Monday.
The 51-year-old will oversee just one training session before Saturday’s crunch league clash at Cardiff, and called on his squad to push quickly up the table. Hasenhuttl, who joked that his surname translates into English as ‘rabbit hutch’, fired a word of warning that he will ship out any players not ready for hard work.
Asked about his nickname and comparisons with Liverpool boss Klopp, Saints boss replied: “I have heard about it. I don’t like it so much; I want to be my own character. “We know each other and we were sat our FIFA pro-licence tests together. I was always a friend of his from football. He has a very proactive way of playing, and made a big mark in Germany. That kind of football really influenced my style. “If I could do similar it would be fantastic for me, but that is too far away. We have other targets, goals and problems. The first target is to move as quickly as you can out of this relegation zone.”