Hasenhuttl might have arrived in England sooner, had trials at Glenn Hoddle's Chelsea and Bolton turned out differently for the former Austria striker.
“It was soon very clear I was missing a lot for that level," he said of his two-week Chelsea trial. “I could score, but running was not my main goal.
"Maybe it's why as coach I force them to run a lot!"
But he is determined to make his mark now he has made it here as a manager.
Now he has become the Premier League's first Austrian manager and added: “I am proud of it but it is only the beginning. It is nice to come here and people are nice about you, but it's better when you leave and people are talking about you."