Southampton sack Ralph Hasenhuttl after nearly four years in charge

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Hasenhuttl suffered two 9-0 defeats during his time in charge of Southampton

Southampton have sacked their manager Ralf Hasenhuttl A 4-1 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday.

Hasenhuttl, who was appointed in December 2018, leaves with the club in the Premier League relegation zone with 12 points from 14 games.

Southampton last won at Bournemouth on October 19, their only win in the last nine games.

“We believe now is the right time to make a change,” said a statement from the South Coast club.

First-team coach Ruben Selles will take charge for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round home game against League One side Sheffield Wednesday.

Scoring goals has been a particular problem for Hasenhuttl’s side and the 55-year-old Austrian lamented his players’ waste of chances against Newcastle.

He later said he was not worried about the risk of losing his job but was determined to act ahead of the Saints’ midweek EFL Cup tie and Saturday’s trip to Liverpool. It is their last game before the Premier League break for the World Cup, which runs from November 20 to December 18.

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Southampton added that Hasenhuttl left “making a significant contribution to the club, overseeing some memorable results and playing a key role in the development of our club infrastructure, identity and playing squad”.

The Saints “will announce a permanent replacement in due course” and are one of the early frontrunners for the position. Luton Town boss is Nathan Jones.External link

Hasenhuttl has become the fifth Premier League manager to be sacked so far this season.

Scott Parker, Bruno Lage, Thomas Tuchel and Steven Gerrard were sacked by Bournemouth, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea and Aston Villa respectively, while Graham Potter left Brighton to take over as Chelsea boss.

Hasenhuttl top down

Former RB Leipzig manager Hasenhuttl succeeded Mark Hughes as the Saints boss with the club 18th in the Premier League and guided them to safety at the end of the season.

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His first full season in charge saw them finish 11th in a campaign disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, before finishing 15th in 2020-21.

Southampton were in that season Top of the Premier League for the first time When they lead on goal difference after eight games.

In January 2021, Hasenhuttl cut an emotional role as himself Enjoyed a win over defending champions Liverpool.

However, in February of that year, Manchester United beat Southampton 9-0. It was his second defeat by that margin during his time at the club Lost to Leicester By that score line in October 2019.

A winter revival after a stumbling start to last season lifted them up to ninth in February, but they have lost nine and won just one of their last 12 games to drop to 15th.

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Kelvin Davis, Dave Watson and Craig Fleming all left St Mary’s and the club responded by overhauling Hasenhuttl’s coaching staff in the summer.

They also brought in many players including goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, striker Sekou Mara, midfielder Joe Aribo and defenders Armel Bella-Kotchap and Duje Caleta-Car.

But it has failed to spark a surge in form.

Southampton have scored just 12 goals in their 14 Premier League games this season and were wasted again against third-placed Newcastle in what proved to be the manager’s last game.

“Newcastle have shown why they are there,” he said in his BBC Sport interview after the match.

“They were clinical at the right time. They showed us how to win games. I can’t say we played a bad game, but not playing a bad game is not enough to win games. That’s why we’re here.”

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