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Hasenhuttl blazing a trail for Austria

6 Dec 2018
Ralph Hasenhuttl

New Southampton manager becomes first Austrian to take charge in the Premier League

The appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl as Southampton manager takes the number of different nationalities to have managed in the Premier League to 25.

Hasenhuttl started today at St Mary's as the 236th managerial appointment in the competition but the first Austrian to take charge of a Premier League team.

"It means a lot of pressure on me," he half-joked at his press conference of being the first Austrian. "Because if I do it badly, the gap is closed for everyone else!"

It makes Austria one of nine nations to have only had one manager in the competition after Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Israel, Jamaica, Serbia, Switzerland and Uruguay.

Nation Managers Nation Managers
England 118 Norway 2
Scotland 34 Sweden 2
Italy 12 USA 2
Spain 9 Austria 1
Holland 8 Brazil 1
Wales 8 Chile 1
France 7 Denmark 1
N Ireland 7 Israel 1
Ireland 7 Jamaica 1
Portugal 5 Serbia 1
Argentina 3 Switzerland 1
Croatia 2 Uruguay 1
 Germany 2    

Until Hasenhuttl's appointment, Austria's connection to the Premier League had been solely through players, of which five are currently in the competition: Marko Arnautovic, Ashley Barnes, Christian FuchsSebastian Prodl and Markus Suttner.

In total, 16 Austrians have played in the Premier League.

Austrians in the PL
Player Apps Player Apps
Scharner 221 Wimmer 32
Arnautovic 169 Hiden 26
Pogatetz 116 Macho 22
Barnes 113 Bauer 15
Weimann 113 Suttner 14
Fuchs 93 Dragovic 11
Prodl 76 Maierhofer 9
Manninger 39 Mayrleb 3

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