Marsch downgrade: Orta could put the final nail in Leeds’ coffin with “clueless” 55y/o – opinion

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Leeds United’s search for a manager draws on, with setbacks around every corner. However, the latest setback could come in the form of a new contender for the job…

Are Leeds looking at Ralph Hasenhuttl?

It was noted by iNews earlier this week that Victor Orta was considering numerous candidates for the Elland Road vacancy, with Ralph Hasenhuttl being one of them.

The Austrian was only sacked by Southampton earlier this season but could be set for an instant return to the Premier League to replace Jesse Marsch.

Both he and the American subscribe to the Red Bull style of play but were on track to relegate their respective teams, which will worry Leeds fans.

How did Hasenhuttl perform at Southampton?

Whilst he initially did well to maintain their place in the division for four seasons prior, he had flirted with a return to the Championship in almost every season he was in charge.

This had culminated in this current campaign, where he was rightfully dismissed with his Saints side in the relegation zone and having lost six of their last nine.

The 55-year-old across his 173 matches at St Mary’s had only managed 60 wins, at a points per game average of just 1.26. For comparison, even Marsch, who had overtaken a team in complete disarray after Marcelo Bielsa’s tumultuous tenure, managed a similar 1.16 points per game whilst in Yorkshire.

Is Hasenhuttl the right manager for Leeds?

Not only this, but according to Charlie Austin, Hasenhuttl was a disagreeable figure in the dressing room. At a time when unity is paramount to the Whites, they cannot afford this kind of divisiveness.

The former Saints striker, who played under the ex-RB Leipzig boss, spoke to talkSPORT: “He was quick to throw the team under the bus when the team was doing poorly. But when they were doing great, it was all about him.”

He continued: “Can you say it’s a success? You would have to say no – but because he’s kept in the Premier League, you could say yes.”

This was backed up by journalist Mark Mann-Bryans, who noted that his side had looked “clueless” after one performance late last season.

Leeds need someone who can galvanise them and lead them into the future, but from all accounts, Hasenhuttl will not be that man. His poor record and disagreeable nature suggest he would be even worse than Marsch and likely be the final nail in the coffin to send them down.


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