Most Southampton fans will be wanting to see Ralph Hasenhuttl given time and an improved squad to work his magic next season, but reports from Germany will be of concern.
According to BILD reporter Christian Falk, Bayern Munich have agreed a deal that will see RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann become their manager next season.
This does not directly affect Hasenhuttl, but could have a knock-on effect involving Spurs, who reportedly see him as a future manager at White Hart Lane.
Nagelsmann was the favourite for the Spurs role and his decision to join Bayern will now mean Daniel Levy moves onto other managerial candidates and a shortlist potentially including Hasenhuttl.
Lots for Spurs to assess if they consider contacting Southampton
Overall, it remains highly unlikely that Hasenhuttl will be leaving Saints this summer. Spurs reportedly feel he is not experienced enough yet and he himself seems to be committed to seeing out his project on the South Coast.
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If Spurs are actively looking at the Austrian though, they need to look in detail at what has happened in his time at Saints.
There is still every chance that he can turn the squad at St Mary’s into a force to be reckoned with over the next couple of seasons but it has taken a while to get even to this stage.
He moved fully to the style and formation that he wanted in his second season and things have still not been perfect as he evolves things over time.
Hasenhuttl bases his team and pressing philosophy around a 4-2-2-2 system and the patterns have been proven to really suit Saints at times. Form in the second half of this season has fallen away and only strengthened his case for a significant summer of recruitment.
So, other clubs like Spurs will need to give him the right players and time to develop things when he eventually moves on from St Mary’s – even if it means falling being rivals at the top of the table and not challenging for titles for a little while.