Ralph Hasenhuttl

Ralph Hasenhuttl has agreed terms on a two-and-a-half-year deal until the summer of 2021 to take over as Southampton boss

Hasenhuttl has agreed in principle to take the South coast job after positive talks with the club on Monday.

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The Austrian is understood to have been convinced of the Saints’ ambition and potential – despite their troubled start to the season – in discussions with chairman Ralph Krueger, director of football operations Ross Wilson and members of the club’s board of directors.

Hassenhutl is regarded as one of the most renowned emerging coaches in Europe and the Saints’ bold move to sack Mark Hughes and approach the ex-RB Leipzig boss looks set to be finalised, with Hassenhutl due to fly to England in the next 48 hours.

He led Leipzig to a second-place finish in their first Bundesliga season and subsequently a first ever Champions League campaign, followed by a Europa League quarter-final.

After a sixth-placed finish last term, he left Leipzig having failed to agree a new contract.