𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚: SOUTHAMPTON TO SACK RALPH HASENHUTTL AFTER YESTERDAY’S 4-1 HOME LOSS TO NEWCASTLE
Southampton have decided to sack manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The Premier League side have agreed to sack the Austrian during the World Cup break or before playing the final game before the tournament, against Liverpool at Anfield next Saturday.
Southampton had wanted to wait until halftime before making a decision, but could act sooner now.
A disastrous 4-1 defeat to Newcastle United at St Mary’s on Sunday left Southampton languishing in 18th place after just three Premier League wins from its opening 14.
Hasenhuttl joined Southampton in December 2018 and has always kept the club in the Premier League.
They finished a reliable 11th in his first full season after replacing Mark Hughes, followed by two consecutive 15th games.
However, he oversaw two humiliating 9-0 defeats during his tenure – one in 2019 against Leicester City and one in 2021 against Manchester United.
Southampton were in dire need of a performance on Sunday after three home games without a win, but trailed Newcastle throughout the game.
Romain Perraud pulled back a goal after efforts from Miguel Almiron, Chris Wood and Joe Willock, only for Bruno Guimaraes to immediately overshadow his consoling goal with a superb long-range shot.
The final whistle sounded along with boos from the fans who remained in the stadium until the bitter end.
Hasenhuttl, who previously managed RB Leipzig, has found himself under increased pressure in recent weeks and has made the suggestion that he could lose his job last month following a 4-0 loss last month. Manchester City, it was their fourth consecutive defeat in the Premier League.
When asked if he was afraid of being fired, Hasenhuttl replied:
“I’ve made a lot of decisions since I’ve been here, but I don’t need to make this one.”
Pushed to know if he has found a way out of the crisis, he added:
“No…. Not at this point.