RALPH HASENHUTTL has the support of the Southampton board despite this season’s alarming slump.
Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at St Mary’s was their fifth in six home games this term – in which they have shipped 21 goals.
It left the South-Coast side, who were walloped 9-0 by Leicester last month, languishing in 19th place and three points from safety.
But SunSport understands the Saints hierarchy are not keen to make a change after years of high managerial turnover.
They feel Hasenhuttl is the right man for the job – as proved by last season’s impressive salvage operation following Mark Hughes’ exit.
The club do recognise the Austrian needs support however and a dip into the transfer market expected in January.
Saints currently lack quality all over the pitch but a right-back, more creativity in midfield and another striker to help out Danny Ings could be prioritised.
ORIOL ROMEU believes the club’s run of easier games will give them a chance to “scratch” their way out of trouble.
After the next game at Arsenal, they face Watford, Norwich, Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa in what is a real opportunity to climb the table.
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Spaniard Romeu, 28, said: “We can scratch some points and get back to where we want to be.
“We’ve got Arsenal next, which is going to be hard, but after that we’ve got five games and there we need to be really sharp.
“We need to be braver, more clinical and score more goals.”
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