Southampton have announced the sacking of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl 14 games into the Premier League season.
The news will come as no surprise to Saints fans, with rumors swirling around the Austrian manager’s future after a poor start to the season. The Saints are currently 18th in the Premier League table, with just 12 points from 14 games so far. A 4-1 home defeat to Newcastle on Sunday proved to be the final straw with Southampton’s board.
In a statement, the club thanked Hasenhuttl for his service, as well as his “unwavering commitment” since his appointment in December 2018. He supervised 173 Saints games, averaging 1.26 points per game during that time.
Southampton have also revealed first-team head coach Ruben Selles will take charge of the team on an interim basis before a new permanent manager is appointed in the coming days.
The favorite to replace the Austrian in the St. Mary’s dugout is Luton Town manager Nathan Jones. The Hatters are currently eighth in the Championship, having made a strong start to the campaign.