New Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has rejected the ‘Klopp of the Alps’ tag given to him by the media and says his goal is to get his own name known in the Premier League.
The former RB Leipzig boss was adamant he is “not afraid” of the task ahead of him after watching Wednesday night’s defeat at Tottenham from the Wembley stands, before officially taking over as Southampton boss on Thursday.
“I don’t like it so much,” he said, confirming his name translates as ‘small hut for a rabbit’, ahead of taking charge of his first game against Cardiff. I want to be my own character.”
“I was always a fan of his football, a very proactive way to play, he set marks in Germany with his football. That really influenced my style.”
Hasenhuttl admits emulating Klopp’s success would be fantastic but that Saints “have other problems”.
“It’s a big challenge but also the logical next step in my career,” said Hasenhuttl.
“My goal is to get my name known here in the Premier League.”
“When I left Leipzig I was thinking about my next step, and I want to stand in front of a new team, new language, to get developed personally and in my view of football, that’s why I made the decision to come to Southampton.”