RALPH Hasenhuttl reportedly retains the support of the Saints board and the club are preparing to back the manager in the upcoming summer transfer window.

That is according to the Daily Mail, who add that they are targeting a goalkeeper, centre-back and reinforcements in attack for when the window opens next month.

Hasenhuttl came under fire from his own supporters during the 3-0 defeat to Brentford on Saturday, who chanted ‘sacked in the morning’ and ‘don’t know what you’re doing’ towards the Austrian.

The brutal response followed seven defeats in their last 10 Premier League matches, and a slip from ninth in the table to just barely safe from relegation in 15th despite having 40 points.

Bookies slashed their odds for Hasenhuttl to be the next manager to leave his post ahead of the final day of the top-flight season next week, from 40/1 to 10/1.

Hasenhuttl, appointed in December 2018, is under contract with Saints until summer 2024 and is set to keep the club in the Premier League for a fourth successive season.

He lost his biggest goalscorer in Danny Ings to a £30million summer deal with Aston Villa, while experienced defenders Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand moved to Leicester City.

The report adds there is an acceptance behind the scenes that Hasenhuttl's attempts to progress the club have been hampered in the past by a lack of funds under former owner Gao Jisheng.

Sport Republic will steer Saints into their first summer window and will allow Hasenhuttl to be more proactive in pursuing their targets.

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