Saints hope for busy window as struggles show 'we have to do something this summer'

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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl during the FA Cup quarter final match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium. Photo by Stuart Martin..
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl during the FA Cup quarter final match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium. Photo by Stuart Martin..

RALPH Hasenhuttl implies Saints’ season-end struggles have sent a message to owners Sport Republic that “we have to do something this summer”.

The St Mary’s side head into their first summer transfer window under the new owners with work to do to realise top-half Premier League ambitions.

The foundation is there with an unbeaten run taking Saints as high as ninth with just three months of the season to go, and captain James Ward-Prowse nominated for the league’s player of the year.

But having fallen away again at the final hurdles, Hasenhuttl suggests it could be a “good thing” to make clear that more is needed to reach the next step.

Asked if the supporters’ reaction to him during the 3-0 defeat to Brentford last time out, where they chanted ‘sacked in the morning’, has left a bruise, he insisted not.

“No, not really because I understand the frustration completely,” Hasenhuttl said. “When you do not play well against a good in-form team away, after making a good start to concede two easy goals, it is tough to come away with anything.

“When you see them play against Everton you realise, okay they are not so bad, but I understand in this moment that the frustration is there.”

He continued: “Meanwhile, everyone can see very clear – and maybe it is a good thing in the end a little bit struggling – because we know we have to do something this summer.

“We have seen that we always end up reaching our limits and if you want to push the limits higher, you have to change a few things in the summer. I’m sure we will do this.

“The basic fundament we have managed to do every year but we always fail to make the next step. Maybe other things are necessary and this is what we try to do.”

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