SOUTHAMPTON have created Erik Stoffelshaus a significant contender to take more than as sporting director – and assistance save their season.
Stoffelshaus has been on Manchester United’s radar and is higher on Saints’ shortlist following Ross Wilson’s departure to Rangers.
Right after losing 9- to Leicester final week, appointing a new sporting director is now a priority to assistance boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Stoffelshaus, 48, constructed his reputation in Germany and Russia following bringing players by way of and dealing with higher-profile clubs.
At Schalke he saw Manuel Neuer and Mesut Ozil come by way of and also helped bring in Ivan Rakitic.
Then at Lokomotiv Moscow he helped bring in Jefferson Farfan, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Fyodor Smolov and was regarded as a big results.
Saints are hunting to recruit a sporting director following major adjustments at the club exactly where Les Reed has also left as technical director and Ralph Krueger has left as chairman.
The departure of assistant boss Danny Rohl has also been a huge blow to the club due to his close connection with Hasenhuttl.
And it is tough to see exactly where the Austrian manager goes from right here – possessing been taunted by the travelling Leicester supporters on Friday evening.
Chants of “you are finding sacked in the morning,” did not pretty prove to be accurate.
But the full humiliation, coupled with the Saints’ normally poor commence to the season, has heaped the stress on Hasenhuttl.
As soon as noticed as the poster club for how to run items effectively – items have gone swiftly downhill due to the fact they hit the heights at St Mary’s below Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman.
Claude Puel, Mauricio Pellegrino and Mark Hughes have all been and gone due to the fact, and several anticipated Hasenhuttl to go the very same way following Friday evening.
And probably he nonetheless will – but the appointment of Stoffelshaus could assistance to lift the gloom about the South Coast club.