Premier League fighters Southampton loot Hasenhuttl

Southampton sacked manager Ralph Hasenhuttl on Monday after slipping into the Premier League relegation zone following a dismal 4-1 loss against Newcastle.

The south coast club waved the ax after their eighth defeat in 14 league games on Sunday left them languishing in 18th place.

“Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has parted ways with men’s first team coach Ralph Hasenhuttl,” the club said in a statement.

“Hasenhuttl, who was appointed in December 2018, is leaving having made a significant contribution to the club, overseeing some memorable results and also playing a key role in developing our club’s infrastructure, identity and playing team. .

“However, now we believe is an appropriate time to make a change.”

The Austrian replaced Mark Hughes almost four years ago and his highest Premier League finish was 11th in the 2019/2020 season.

He also led Southampton to the FA Cup semi-finals the following season.

Speaking after the Newcastle home thrashing, Hasenhuttl said he was only focusing on his job despite mounting speculation about his future.

“I never worry, I always try to do my job and that’s all I care about,” the 55-year-old told the BBC.

When asked if he had just overseen his last game as Saints boss, he responded, “You know? I’ve made a lot of decisions since I’ve been here. Good thing I don’t have to take this one.

Hasenhuttl survived two 9-0 defeats, against Leicester and Manchester United, during his time in charge.

He also kept his job despite Southampton losing nine of their last 12 league games last season.

Hasenhuttl’s coaching staff was overhauled during the season finale, but those moves did not bear fruit and Southampton’s hierarchy finally ran out of patience after a run of nine games without a win, stretching back to August.

First-team manager Rubén Selles will take over on an interim basis for Wednesday’s League Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday.

Nathan Jones, boss of the Luton Championship team, is currently the favorite to take charge of St Mary’s.

Hasenhuttl is the fifth Premier League manager to be sacked this season after the departures of Scott Parker (Bournemouth), Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea), Bruno Lage (Wolves) and Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa).

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