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Southampton board right behind manager Hasenhuttl despite form slide

Southampton's board are right behind manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The Daily Mail says Hasenhuttl retains the full backing of Southampton's board despite overseeing their worst ever Premier League run.

Club chiefs remain firmly behind Hasenhuttl ahead of Saturday's trip to Sheffield United and after going nine top-flight games without a win.

The sequence of results, which includes eight defeats and six losses in a row, has seen Southampton, who were top in November, slide down to 14th, seven points above the drop zone.

Though the hierarchy, who Hasenhuttl maintains regular dialogue with, are confident it is only a matter of time before Southampton's situation turns around again.

Southampton have been left severely depleted by injuries which have disrupted their momentum and led to their dip in form.

There is also a sense among some of the players that, along with those setbacks, some of their main men have just hit a period where they have struggled to reproduce their form levels from earlier in the season.

While Hasenhuttl's position is so secure and his bosses faith in him unwavering, he is further insulated by his current contract, believed to be worth £6m-a-year, signed last June and which still has over three years to run.

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