Ralph Hasenhuttl: Southampton sack Head Coach after nearly four years in charge following poor Premier League start

Ralph Hasenhuttl: Southampton sack Head Coach after nearly four years in charge following poor Premier League start
Southampton’s manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, has been fired, the Premier League club has confirmed.
The south coast club has won just one of their last eight Premier League games, putting them in the relegation zone.

Southampton was beaten 4-1 at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

First-team coach Ruben Selles will take over as interim manager while the club searches for a new permanent manager.

Ralph Hasenhuttl: Southampton sack Head Coach after nearly four years in charge following poor Premier League start

Hasenhuttl had been in charge at St Mary’s for nearly four years, taking over from Mark Hughes in December 2018, and was the Premier League’s fourth longest-serving manager.

A club statement read: “Hasenhuttl, who was appointed in December 2018, departs having made a significant contribution to the club, overseeing some memorable results and also playing a key role in the development of our club infrastructure, identity and playing squad.

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

“Everyone involved with the club would like to express their sincere thanks to Ralph for all of his efforts, as well as the unwavering commitment he has shown throughout his time as manager.”

Saints intend to have a new manager in place by the time the Premier League resumes on Boxing Day following the World Cup, and it is understood that they have a replacement lined up.

Ralph Hasenhuttl: Southampton sack Head Coach after nearly four years in charge following poor Premier League start

While the Magpies were impressive, Southampton fans were not, as boos rang throughout the stadium on Sunday.

After the game, Hasenhuttl was asked about his future and admitted that he has no control over his fate.

Asked if it was his final game in charge, he said: “I have made a lot of decisions in my time here. Thankfully, I don’t have to make that decision.

“I cannot say the effort wasn’t there, but in the moment we are not taking the reward for the effort on the pitch.”

He added: “I think it [being in the relegation zone] is a reflection of what we’ve done so far. It has not been good enough.”

source:nsemwokrom.com

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