Former Southampton striker Charlie Austin has delivered a damning assessment of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s reign at St Mary’s.
Hasenhuttl was sacked on Monday after a 4-1 home loss to Newcastle United left Saints in the Premier League relegation zone.
This ended the Austrian’s nearly four-year tenure in charge of the south coast club, with Austin playing under the coach at the start of his tenure.
The Englishman fell out of favor under Hasenhuttl and left his boyhood club eight months into the manager’s reign.
Looking back, Austin admits he always had reservations about Hasenhuttl.
The 33-year-old told talkSPORT Breakfast: “It was all about him.
“He was quick to throw the team under the bus when the team was going badly.
“But when they were well, it was all about him.
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“When you’re asked if you can get out of a glitch and you say, ‘No’, I don’t think a manager can say that. You need to galvanize your team.
“Even if you don’t believe it, you have to say you can turn things around.”
While Southampton were never really in danger of relegation during Hasenhuttl’s tenure, they never finished in the top half of the Premier League table.
And Austin wonders if survival can be considered a success at St Mary’s.
Austin added: “He had been there for four years and his highest point total was 52 points with the rest at forty.
“Have they finished in the top half since he’s been there? No.
“Can you say it’s a success? You’d have to say no – but because he’s kept in the Premier League, you could say yes.
“It depends on the ambitions of the football club.”
Luton have given manager Nathan Jones permission to speak with Southampton about the vacancy.
Jones guided the Hatters through the Championship playoffs, but Austin says his disappointing 11-month spell at Stoke in 2019 casts doubt on his credentials.
Austin continued: “I understand he did a good job at Luton, but when he went to Stoke it didn’t work out.
“Stoke may have been all over the place, but he’s failed with big names.
“He has a bigger job to do to keep Southampton in the Premier League than getting Luton into the play-offs.”
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