Southampton sacked Ralph Hasenhuttl after almost four years in charge


Hasenhuttl suffered two 9-0 defeats at Southampton

Southampton have sacked manager Ralph Hasenhuttl A 4-1 defeat at home to Newcastle on Sunday.

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

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

“We believe now is the right time to make a change,” the south coast club said in a statement.

First team manager Ruben Selles will host Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third round tie at home to League One side Sheffield Wednesday.

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

Afterwards he said he was not concerned about the risk of losing his job, but the Saints board have decided to act ahead of their midweek EFL Cup tie and Saturday’s trip to Liverpool. The World Cup, which will be played from November 20 to December 18, is their last game before the suspension of the Premier League.

Southampton added that Hasenhuttl left because he had “made a significant contribution to the club, overseeing some memorable results and playing a key role in the development of our club’s infrastructure, identity and player”.

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 highs and lows

Former RB Leipzig boss Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes as Saints boss in the club’s 18th Premier League campaign and guided them to safety at the end of that season.

He finished his first full season in 11th place in a campaign interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, before finishing 15th in 2020-21.

That season, they were Southampton Top of the Premier League for the first time when they dominated with a difference of goals after eight games.

In January 2021, Hasenhuttle cut an emotional figure as he did He won against the champions Liverpool.

However, in February of that year, Southampton were beaten 9-0 by Manchester United. In this respect, it was the second defeat during his time at the club He lost to Leicester with the same score in October 2019.

After a stuttering start to last season, a winter revival saw them finish ninth in February, but they have lost nine and won just one of their last 12 games to drop to 15th.

The club responded by revamping Hasenhuttle’s coaching staff in the summer, with Kelvin Davis, Dave Watson and Craig Fleming all leaving St Mary’s.

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

But this has not resulted in a rise in form.

Southampton have scored just 12 goals in 14 Premier League games this season and wasted it again against third-placed Newcastle in what was the manager’s final game.

“Newcastle have shown why they are where they are,” he told BBC Sport in a post-match interview.

“They were clinical at the right times. They’ve shown 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 where we are.”

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