Southampton Football Club sack manager after a series of defeats

Nathan Jones is sacked as manager of Southampton F.C after just three months in the job. Credit: PA Images

Southampton have sacked manager Nathan Jones with the club entrenched in a desperate fight for Premier League survival.

Jones' departure was announced on Sunday 12th Feb 2022, less than 24 hours after a 2-1 home defeat by 10-man Wolves left the Saints at the foot of the table four points adrift of safety.

A statement on the club's official website said: "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 Ruben Selles will take charge of training and prepare the team ahead of next weekend's game against Chelsea."

Jones was appointed as Ralph Hasenhuttl's replacement in November last year and his reign lasted just 14 games, of which he won five and lost the remaining nine.

The former Luton boss guided Saints to the Carabao Cup semi-finals and the FA Cup fifth round but tasted victory just once in his eight league fixtures and collected three points from a possible 24.

And a run of successive defeats by Aston Villa, Brentford and Wolves, which prompted concerted protests from the club's fans, ultimately cost the Welshman his job.

With 16 games remaining this season, the Saints are three points adrift of Bournemouth and Everton inside the relegation zone and a point further behind Leeds in 17th place.

Southampton manager Nathan Jones on the touchline during Premier League match at St. Mary's Stadium. Credit: PA Images

Jones headed straight down the tunnel amid a chorus of boos at the end of Saturday's game and asked afterwards if it might be his last in charge, he replied: "I have no idea."

The 49-year-old, who briefly took charge at Stoke either side of two successful spells with Luton, had struck a more defiant note a week earlier following the defeat at Brentford.

He said: "I've compromised. I've compromised certain principles because of, one; personnel, but, two; the way people want to play and so on, because of fans and so on.

"I've compromised on a few little things, but no more because I've been very successful. Now I will live and die by my own philosophy.

"I've gone away from what brought me to this football club and I'm not going to do it again."