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SportHasenhuttl reveals Arsenal never contacted him over replacing Wenger

18:30  06 december  2018
18:30  06 december  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed that he was never contacted in regards to the Arsenal job, despite being linked for the role.

The Austrian was linked with a switch to Arsenal after leaving RB Leipzig last Summer. However, the Gunners chose instead to go with Unai Emery, who had just left PSG.

Hasenhuttl has now taken over at Southampton, who sacked Mark Hughes earlier this week.

Hasenhuttl reveals Arsenal never contacted him over replacing Wenger © Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images Sport Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images Sport

Speaking in his first press conference since joining Saints, The Austrian said, via BBC Sport:

“My name wasn’t big enough for the top six clubs.”

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“My goal is to perform here with my team and take everyone with us to become a club with passion and with a good plan and play the kind of football we like. If we do that we can have a fantastic time together.”

“What I liked most last night [against Spurs] was the support our fans showed. It showed me the relationship is good, but they have to accept another style of football”

“It is a results business and we have to get them as soon as possible.”

The Austrian boss will have a tough time keeping Saints in the division, after a very poor start to the season under Mark Hughes.

Hasenhuttl reveals Arsenal never contacted him over replacing Wenger © Octavio Passos/Getty Images Sport FC Porto v RB Leipzig - UEFA Champions League

Southampton coach Davis praises 'great fit' Hasenhuttl.
Southampton coach Kelvin Davis has sung the praises of new boss Ralph Hasenhüttl, believing the club’s new coach to be a good fit at the club. Hasenhüttl began his two-and-a-half year reign at St Mary’s this morning, replacing Davis who took temporary charge of the Saints against Tottenham on Tuesday night. Davis, who has been with Southampton since he retired in 2016, had plenty of positive things to say about the Austrian coach, who has already impressed in training. Talking to the club’s official website, Davis said: “The lads showed that they are committed and they are good technical players who want to play with the ball on the ground.” “I met with Ralph before the Spurs game and he is a guy that hits you with his stature and knowledge. He is very concise and confident and there is no doubt in the way that he wants to play football. To me, he seems a great fit for this football club.” “Ultimately, a manager of his calibre joining us shows his commitment to what he believes he can achieve here.” “We know the size of the Cardiff game now and I’m sure if we create the same number of chances we did tonight then that will be enough to win.

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