KEEP an eye on Southampton as some major changes are in the pipeline.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is struggling for his job after the club ended the season with five defeats and a draw and finished 15th in the Premier League.
The club’s new majority owner Dragan Solak and former Brentford director of football Rasmus Ankersen are calling for changes.
Option one is the dismissal of Hasenhüttl, who has been with the club for four years.
The second choice is to keep the Austrian but get rid of his backroom staff.
Famed for his big ego, Hasenhuttl is happy when Southampton win – don’t forget when he broke down crying on the pitch after beating Liverpool 1-0 in January 2021.
But after defeats, the Austrian likes to point the finger at his team.
If Southampton are to make a change, they need to do it soon.
Former RB Leipzig boss Hasenhüttl has also used a hybrid version of Ralf Rangnick’s pressing tactic – and this has been used right down to the youth squad.
So when a new manager comes into St Mary’s, a big decision has to be made as to whether to change the whole philosophy of the club.
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FIFPro, the global union for professional football players, is holding its European conference in the stunning seaside town of Budva, Montenegro.
But the representative of a nation will be missing.
The Ukrainian delegate is not allowed to leave his country as he is over 18 and under 60 years old, so he could be called to the frontline to fight against Russia any day.
FIFPro is also furious with the Ukrainian football clubs for laying off all their foreign players during the war to allow them to return home.
However, the clubs have kept player registrations and said the stars are on “extended leave”.
This means teams are demanding money for players this summer.
WATFORD have broken with tradition by signing a young English manager in 39-year-old Rob Edwards from Forest Green.
However, his annual salary is £300,000, which is low considering the Championship boss’s average is between £500,000 and £700,000.
Incredibly, one option discussed by Hornets owners, the Pozzo family, before joining Edwards was Bristol Rovers’ Joey Barton.
One of the rising stars of broadcasting, KELLY SOMERS works for various broadcasters including the BBC.
So it comes as a surprise that Somers has been dropped from Premier League Productions, which produce content for football fans around the world.
Although the thirst for Premier League football has never been greater around the world, PLP is laying off many employees as part of a major cost-cutting move.
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