Nathan Jones: Southampton sacking manager after just three months in charge

Southampton have sacked manager Nathan Jones after just three months in charge of the Premier League club.

Former Luton Town boss Jones, 49, leaves the Saints bottom of the table following Saturday’s defeat to 10-man Wolves.

The Welshman has lost nine of the 14 games he has managed in all competitions since his appointment on 10 November.

That record included eight defeats from nine Premier League games and four consecutive defeats at home to St Mary’s.

First-team coaches Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan have also left the club, while manager Ruben Selles will take charge for Saturday’s Premier League match against Chelsea.

Despite leading 1-0 with a male lead on Saturday, Jones saw his team slip to a home defeat against the other Wolves fighters, which was greeted with boos from Saints fans at the final whistle.

This comes a week after chants of “you are being sacked in the morning” and “Nathan Jones, get out of our club” could be heard from supporters during the Brentford defeat.

Speaking after the Brentford defeat a week ago, Jones said he “let the players down”.

“I didn’t really put my own stamp on it and I should have done already,” Jones told the BBC’s Match of the Day programme.

“I want to be brutally honest about this – I let the players down.”

Jones succeeded Ralph Hasenhuttl in November on a three-and-a-half-year deal after leaving Championship side Luton.

He lost four of his first five matches in charge, with the only win in that run being a 2–1 EFL Cup victory over League One Lincoln.

But three wins in the space of a week over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, Manchester City in the EFL Cup and Everton in the Premier League suggested that Jones might have turned his luck.

More to follow.

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