Southampton have parted firm with Nathan Jones simply three months into his first managerial place at a Premier League membership.
The previous Luton boss took over from Ralph Hasenhuttl in November, shortly earlier than the league paused for the Qatar World Cup.
Jones had guided Saints to the Carabao Cup semi-finals and the FA Cup fifth spherical, however misplaced seven of his eight Premier League video games in cost, together with his sole victory coming against Everton in January.
Southampton lost 2-1 at home to Wolves on Saturday after being undone by a sensational second-half comeback from 10-man Wolves at a hostile St Mary’s, with Joao Gomes scoring a late decider to pile extra stress on Jones.
Jones went instantly down the tunnel on the full-time whistle, and later described the comeback from Wolves as a “sucker-punch”.
A Southampton fan was reportedly kicked out of St Mary’s by safety on Saturday after waving a large P45 cut-out at Jones throughout the dismal loss to Wolves.
Jones, 49, leaves Southampton backside of the desk, with 15 factors from 22 video games. They’re at present 4 factors adrift of security.
Additionally departing with Jones are first-team coaches Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan.
First-team lead Coach Ruben Selles will take cost of coaching and put together the crew forward of subsequent weekend’s recreation in opposition to Chelsea.
Selles, who holds a UEFA Professional Licence, has beforehand managed Valencia’s U18s, and has served as an assistant supervisor in Russia, Azerbaijan, Greece and Denmark.
Evaluation: Why Jones was destined to fail
Sky Sports activities’ Laura Hunter:
There was no grand farewell. Not even a goodbye wave. Nathan Jones retreated instantly down the tunnel on the full-time whistle as Southampton fell to their seventh Premier League defeat within the eight video games he had overseen in opposition to Wolves on Saturday. His place was merely untenable.
Supporter frustration had rapidly advanced into anger and resentment at St Mary’s – in opposition to Wolves it reached boiling level. For the second time in seven days impassioned followers chanted “get out of our membership” on the beleaguered Welshman on the touchline. They meant it – and this time the Southampton hierarchy had been in attendance to heed their message.
Jones was an unpopular appointment when first introduced as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s successor again in November. His identify did not carry the trendy status that somebody like Julen Lopetegui’s did – the Spaniard was appointed at Wolves 5 days previous to Jones’ unveiling on the south coast.
Wolves had been all-time low again then, however have since risen from the ashes below Lopetegui’s astute tutelage and at the moment are a snug fifteenth – 5 factors away from the drop zone.
Saints, comparatively, have gone backwards. They’ve regressed in nearly all classes, scoring fewer targets, conceding extra and providing up extra of the ball to their opponents than ever earlier than. They have not received at dwelling within the league since August. And if alarm bells weren’t already ringing, their capitulation in opposition to Wolves was sufficient to compel rapid motion. Any sense of faint hope was misplaced.
Jones’ taking part in type has been inconsistent and erratic – you may argue it really served to unsettle Saints’ younger, inexperienced squad. At the least below Hasenhuttl that they had clear construction – a set of tips to comply with and a transparent identification that aligned with the membership’s pathway and values. The Austrian known as it his ‘playbook’. Jones had no such blueprint.
When it grew to become clear that Hasenhuttl’s time at St Mary’s was up, Southampton’s search ought to have centred on a supervisor who might present stability and robust management at elite stage – with a confirmed observe file in a top-flight division. They went with a supervisor who was alien to the league, to supervise a bunch of gamers with little or no Premier League knowhow – for instance, Saturday’s beginning XI vs Wolves included solely 5 gamers who had featured within the division earlier than this season.
Tactical tinkering, ever-changing personnel and formations, in addition to poor recreation administration all led to Jones’ inevitable demise. There was little or no concerning the appointment that urged longevity. To his credit score, Jones remained defiant and bullish all through but it surely was clear early on that he was out of his depth. Emotional rants to the media and weird anecdotes additionally did little to assist his credibility.
What maybe wants additional examination, then, is how and why the previous Luton City man discovered himself within the hotseat within the first place. After all with hindsight that reasoning, primarily based on metrics and statistics, seems closely flawed.
Southampton chiefs have rather a lot to reply for with Rasmus Ankersen, CEO of the membership’s homeowners Sport Republic, answerable for initially identifiing Jones as the best man for the job.
Saints have 16 video games to avoid wasting their season – Ankersen’s subsequent name will undoubtedly be his hardest and most necessary but.
‘It was an actual poisonous environment’
Darren Lewis on Tremendous Sunday Matchday:
“You can hear the followers chant ‘you do not know what you are doing’, and it was an actual poisonous environment. On the stadium, you may really feel the unhappiness of the followers for fairly a while.
“We have seen the negativity popping out in his post-match press conferences, and it has been a tough time all spherical.
“He’d struggled maybe with the leap into the most important league on the earth, the gamers had been shorn of confidence and there have been a couple of messages publicly, which probably might have been stored in-house.
“However, in the end, he needed to go as a result of he simply wasn’t profitable soccer matches. The followers had been [also] not comfortable together with his type of play and together with his techniques.”