Premier League side Southampton FC has decided to part ways with Nathan Jones after just three months in charge.
Premier League side Southampton have decided to sack Nathan Jones following a 2-1 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on the 11th on February. The former Luton Town manager took over from Ralph Hasenhuttl in November, before the league paused for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Since then, Jones has managed to win only one out of the eight games he’s managed. The only victory came against Everton in 2-1 win as James Ward-Prowse scored a brace in the second half. The Saints are currently bottom of the table and 4 points away from safety with their next match against the Premier League giants, Chelsea.
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The club issued a brief statement on Sunday that went as follows: “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.”
Southampton were leading against Wolves since the 24th minute and the opposition was down to ten men in the first half. However, an own goal and a late winner from Joan Gomes helped the side to a 2-1 victory. At St Mary’s, rage and hatred had quickly grown out of supporters’ frustration. Passionate fans yelled “get out of our club” at the struggling Welshman on the sideline for the second time in seven days. This time, the Southampton management was present to hear what they had to say and they took it seriously.
Surprisingly, Jones has now become the eighth manager in the Premier League to be fired this year, and the second at Southampton after Ralph Hasenhuttl left in November. This means that he joins the likes of Scott Parker, Jesse Marsch, Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel, Steven Gerrard, and ex-Wolves manager Bruno Lage at Bournemouth.
Southampton needs a quick replacement for Nathan Jones as they are at the bottom of the league. Ex-Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is looking like a favourite by some as the Argentinian was considered for the Everton job as well. Former Tottenham manager Nuno Santo is also in contention along with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as all three have experience managing a Premier League side. There is also speculation that Ralph Hasenhuttl could return to the job but it’s highly unlikely given the way he left the club.
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