Ralph Hasenhuttl: Southampton sacks manager


Ralph Hasenhuttl: Southampton sacks manager


Ralph Hasenhuttl sacked by Southampton

Southampton have sacked head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl following Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Newcastle, with the team in the relegation zone.

Hasenhuttl departs the south-coast club after nearly four years in charge, with coach Ruben Selles taking over on an interim basis.

Under the 55-year-old this season, the Saints lost eight out of 14 matches in the Premier League, with three wins and three draws.

On sacking Hasenhuttl, a statement read: “Southampton Football Club can confirm it has parted company with Men’s First Team Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.

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

“Hasenhüttl, 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.”

The Austrian manager led the club to a 16th-place finish in his first season, followed by an 11th-place finish in his second season. He led the club to a 15th-place finish in the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 campaigns.

Ralph Hasenhuttl becomes the fourth Premier League manager to be sacked this season, following Bournemouth’s Scott Parker, Chelsea‘s Thomas Tuchel, Wolves’s Bruno Lage and Aston Villa’s Steven Gerrard.