Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted his future at Southampton is out of his hands after his side lost 4-1 at home to Newcastle.
Miguel Almiron scored his seventh goal in as many games for the Magpies’ debut before the floodgates and the sky opened in the second half at St Mary’s.
Hasenhuttl’s side are in the Premier League relegation zone, questioning their future with the club and reigniting rumors of a possible departure date during or even before the World Cup break.
When asked if he had just overseen his last game as Saints boss, he replied: “You know, I’ve made a lot of decisions since I’ve been here. Which is good, that’s good. is that I don’t have to take it.
Southampton then host Sheffield on Wednesday in a midweek Carabao Cup clash before traveling to Liverpool for their final league game before the World Cup.
If the Austrian manages to hold on to his position for these encounters, he knows he will have to overcome the pessimism that increasingly plagues him as he tries to turn around the Saints’ struggling start to the season.
“No, for the moment,” he replied candidly when asked by a journalist whether or not he saw a way out of the difficulties that were bothering his team.
“Because I can’t say we’re not trying a lot to change and play football. I think we’re doing it well, and we can’t say the effort wasn’t there. Until the last minute we tried and we were trying hard on the pitch.
“Not everyone can say the team isn’t fighting for it. But you know, we don’t take the reward for the effort we put in on the pitch.”
The teams looked more even in the first half before the Magpies offense exploded in the second. Substitute Chris Wood replaced Callum Wilson and doubled Newcastle’s lead in the 58th minute before Joe Willock made it 3-0 four minutes later.
Romain Perraud scored a late consolation goal but Saints fans were silenced a minute later when Bruno Guimaraes fired in Newcastle’s fourth goal.
If Hasenhuttl’s glass is half empty, Eddie Howe’s was overflowing as he reflected on his side’s dramatic turnaround since taking on the role of head coach at Newcastle last season and guiding them out. from the relegation zone to an 11th place.
As the first anniversary of that nomination approached on Tuesday, Howe reflected as the top-flight Magpies continued to occupy the top four.
He said: “It is important, I think in our current position, that we reflect, because last year we were in a really difficult position. And that is very quickly, I think, forgotten.
“So I encourage the players to really take advantage of this moment that we’re in right now, to really try to soak up what they’re doing. Because it was a really tough game today, a really tough place. hard to come.
There were also positive updates on Howe’s team fitness. World Cup hopeful Kieran Trippier was substituted in the 80th minute but the England full-back allayed fears he had suffered a hamstring injury and said he was ready to play.
Howe added that Wilson, who came out after the first half, had been feeling “unwell” during the week and “felt a little dizzy at halftime. So I think he’s fine physically, he just suffers from a bit of illness.