Ralph Hasenhuttl would be a fine replacement for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard when he gets the sack, thinks Kevin Phillips.
It is no secret in the media that Lampard is now living on borrowed time at the Bridge after a disappointing run has seen them fall out of the chase for a Premier League title by the end of the season.
His tactics have been questioned, his ability to get the best out of his star players is not working and he simply cannot get the results that Roman Abramovic has expected after spending over £200 million in the summer transfer window.
Hasenhuttl’s Southampton meanwhile are 10th in the Premier League but just two points behind the Blues having played one game less, and Should they win their extra game, Southampton will only be two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who occupy the final Champions League spot after 19 games.
The performances of the Saints have fuelled talk that Hasenhuttl, 53, is destined for a top six job in the future, and Philipps is confident that Hasenhuttl would be a good replacement for Lampard, though would prefer to see his old England team-mate shown patience at Chelsea.
“I think he’s almost got that Klopp appearance about him, that authority. He’s a big guy, he’s very intelligent, he knows the game inside out,” Phillips said of Hasenhuttl on Stadium Astro.
“The big thing for the club is, can they keep hold of him? The biggest problem is keeping hold of their manager.
“He’s doing a really good job down on the south coast. I wouldn’t like to see Frank lose his job, I don’t like to see any manager lose their job but I understand football’s football and it’s a results business.
“No bigger so than Chelsea, when you’ve spent that kind of money you’re going to come under pressure to win football matches, it’s as simple as that.
“Hasenhuttl, his time will come. He just has to keep doing what he’s doing. Hasenhuttl at Chelsea would do a fine job but I want to see Frank given a chance for sure.
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“He could certainly manage any of the teams in the Premier League, it just depends what kind of ambition he has.
“But I think at the moment if you sat him down and asked him, I think he’s very happy where he is. It takes a while to build up what he’s done.
“But if Chelsea come knocking on the door, it’s the same as a player, it can be very hard to turn down.
“It’ll be interesting in the summer to see what happens regarding the manager and a few of the players down at Southampton.”