Southampton sacks Nathan Jones after just 14 games in charge

After only three months in his first managing post at a Premier League team, Nathan Jones has left Southampton.

Ralph Hasenhuttl was replaced as manager by the former Luton manager in November, just before the league paused for the World Cup in Qatar.

 

Official Statement

A short statement released by the club on Sunday morning read: “Southampton Football Club can confirm it has parted company with Men’s First Team Manager Nathan Jones. First Team Coaches Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan have also left the club.” 

“First Team Lead Coach Rubén Sellés will take charge of training and prepare the team ahead of next weekend’s game against Chelsea.”

Nathan Jones’ tenure as Southampton manager

While in command of Saints, Jones led them to the Carabao Cup semifinals and the FA Cup fifth round, but Saints lost seven of his eight Premier League games, winning only once against Everton in January.

In front of a hostile St Mary’s crowd, Southampton was defeated 2-1 by Wolves at home on Saturday. Joao Gomes scored the game-winning goal late to increase the pressure on Jones.

At St. Mary’s, fan annoyance quickly turned into fury and bitterness; against Wolves, it boiled over. Passionate spectators yelled, “get out of our club” at the struggling Welshman on the sidelines for the second time in seven days. 

This time, the Southampton hierarchy was present to hear what they had to say and knew they meant it.

Jones was an unpopular appointment when first announced as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s successor in November. 

His name didn’t carry the fashionable reputation that someone like Julen Lopetegui’s did – the Spaniard was appointed at Wolves five days before Jones’ unveiling on the south coast.

Jesse Marsch is under consideration for the Southampton manager position

As they look for someone to replace the fired Nathan Jones, Southampton is considering Jesse Marsch.

The American, who was let go by Leeds on Monday, might return to management quickly as the bottom-dwelling team searches for its third head coach of the year.

Marsch only won two of his last 17 league games in charge of Leeds but kept them up last season after taking over with 12 matches to go.

A team that has attempted to play similarly under Ralph Hasenhuttl, another former RB Leipzig manager, may benefit from the 49-year-old’s pressing philosophy.

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