Ralph Hasenhuttl sacked by Southampton

Southampton have confirmed that they have parted ways with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl following the defeat to Newcastle on Sunday.

The Saints were thoroughly thumped by Newcastle United at St. Mary's Stadium on Sunday, losing 4-1 thanks to goals from Miguel Almiron, Joe Willock, Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes.

The defeat was Southampton's eighth of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign already, with the club sitting 18th in the table.

A club statement on the news reads: "Southampton Football Club can confirm it has parted company with Men’s First Team Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

"First Team Assistant Coach Richard Kitzbichler has also today left the club.

"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.

"First Team Lead Coach Rubén Sellés will take charge of the side on an interim basis for our game on Wednesday night. The club will be announcing a permanent replacement in due course."

Key to Southampton's struggles has been their terrible defensive form. In 14 games, Hasenhuttl's men conceded a whopping 24 goals and have kept just one clean sheet.

Hasenhuttl had been in charge at St. Mary's since 2018 but has endured a rather topsy-turvy few seasons at the club. There were highs such as finishing 11th a few years ago, but also historic lows like the two 9-0 defeats the Saints suffered at the hands of Manchester United and Leicester City.

Source : 90min