Southampton has parted company with Nathan Jones just three months into his first managerial position at a Premier League club.
Recall that the former Luton boss took over from Ralph Hasenhuttl in November, shortly before the league paused for the Qatar World Cup.
Jones had guided Saints to the Carabao Cup semi-finals and the FA Cup fifth round, but lost seven of his eight Premier League games in charge, 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 more pressure on Jones.
Southampton Manager Nathan Jones Sacked
Jones went immediately down the tunnel at the full-time whistle and later described the comeback from the Wolves as a “sucker-punch”.
Jones, 49, leaves Southampton bottom of the table, with 15 points from 22 games. They are currently four points adrift of safety.
Also departing with Jones are first-team coaches Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan.
First-team lead Coach Ruben Selles will take charge of training and prepare the team ahead of next weekend’s game against Chelsea.
Selles, who holds a UEFA Pro Licence, has previously managed Valencia’s U18s, and has served as an assistant manager in Russia, Azerbaijan, Greece, and Denmark.
There was no grand farewell. Not even a goodbye wave. Nathan Jones retreated immediately down the tunnel at the full-time whistle as Southampton fell to their seventh Premier League defeat in the eight games he had overseen against Wolves on Saturday. His position was simply untenable.
Jones was an unpopular appointment when first announced as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s successor back in November.
His name didn’t carry the fashionable reputation that someone like Julen Lopetegui’s did – the Spaniard was appointed at Wolves five days prior to Jones’ unveiling on the south coast.
BY IYABO AINA
Publisher News Rain Nigeria