Ralph Hassenhutl scored Newcastle United’s ‘money’ accolade ahead of Southampton clash | Tech US News


Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s view of Newcastle United ahead of Sunday’s meeting at St Mary’s.

Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton cannot compete with Newcastle United on a financial level – but refused to believe the narrative that success under Eddie Howe was bought.

The Magpies have enjoyed a strong start to the Premier League campaign – they are currently fourth in the table with 24 points from their opening 13 games – but several outside stars were quick to attribute that to the £210m spent in two transfer windows.

Hasenhuttl, while admitting United have deep pockets, says the funds spent in the transfer market are “only one side” of the story. The other side was Howe’s ability to improve pre-acquisition players like Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Fabian Schar.

“They want to become a top-six club,” Hasenhuttl said. “They are well on their way to doing that because they are a strong side. I look at our chances and our level. This is not a club we want to compete with. (There is) a different potential than the money they can spend. In the end, they also have different targets. You have to have money for that.

“It’s just one side (money). The other side is that you have to work with the players you have. Eddie worked at Bournemouth for a very long time but ended up struggling with his team and didn’t have another job until he went to Newcastle. In Newcastle, he immediately showed that he knows what to do with the team.”

Hasenhuttl on Eddie Howe and Newcastle’s style

United’s strong pressing and high-intensity style have also been key to a recent resurgence, perhaps exemplified in Newcastle’s 3-3 draw with Premier League champions Manchester City at St James’ Park in August.

Indeed, Howe’s side have only lost once this season and that came with a controversial stoppage time goal against Liverpool. Newcastle are currently on an eight-game unbeaten run and have won their last five games ahead of Sunday’s visit to the south coast.

“It’s impressive to see how they’re doing,” added Hasenhuttl. “I think they definitely have the players to do it. Not every player is playing right now. (Allan) Saint-Maximin didn’t play all the time, he (Howe) is more about players who allow you to play that intense game and run fast.

“We all know that it can be a very ugly way to put pressure on the opposition, but we were also a team with that style. When we are doing well, we can still cause them problems. You don’t have much of a chance against this team. Against other good teams, we showed that we can break their rhythm.”

On Howe, Hasenhuttl added: “He is one of the best young managers in England, he has a lot of experience in the Premier League. He’s been at Bournemouth for a long time and finally has another club where he can show he can handle a bigger side. It’s fantastic to watch.”


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