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Next Southampton manager odds: Ralph Hasenhuttl sacked by Saints after four years

By Harry Edwards

Next Southampton Manager odds: Ralph Hasenhuttl sacked by Saints

Published: 11:43, 7 November 2022

Southampton have confirmed the departure of Ralph Hasenhuttl after four years in charge of the club.

Hasenhuttl took charge of Southampton in December 2018, replacing Mark Hughes, and steadied the ship slightly to lead them to a 16th-placed finish. In his first full season, Hasenhuttl lifted Southampton up to 11th in the Premier League but that would be where it peaked.

Southampton have finished 15th in each of the past two seasons, enduring poor campaigns even with two deep FA Cup runs, reaching the semi-final in 2020/21 and quarter-final in 2021/22.

The Austrian’s future has been in doubt for a long time, always near the top of the sack races odds, particularly at the time of humiliating 9-0 defeats to Leicester City and Manchester United. But it appears a 4-1 loss to Newcastle at the weekend was the final straw.

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The defeat leaves Southampton in the relegation zone, one point behind Bournemouth, after 14 matches with just three victories in the league – coming against Bournemouth, Chelsea and Leicester.

Southampton have just a week to go until the Premier League takes a break for the World Cup, but the club have decided there is no time to waste in finding a new manager.

“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,” a statement on the club’s website read.

“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.”

Southampton face Sheffield Wednesday in the EFL Cup on Wednesday before closing the Premier League away to Liverpool, and Ruben Selles has been named as interim boss for the former.

But who will be the permanent replacement?

Find the next Southampton manager odds here:

Manager Sky Bet Paddy Power
Nathan Jones 4/7 7/20
Sean Dyche 11/4 7/1
Marcelo Gallardo 10/1 14/1
Mauricio Pochettino 12/1 16/1
Kjetil Knutsen 16/1 11/1
Steven Gerrard 20/1 25/1
Vincent Kompany 20/1 25/1
Rafa Benitez 20/1 33/1
Scott Parker 20/1 N/A
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Nathan Jones the early favourite

This could be a quick search for a new manager with Southampton already in talks with Luton Town boss Nathan Jones, according to reports. Jones has spent most of his managerial career with Luton across two spells either side of a year at Stoke City.

In his first spell at Luton, which spanned three years, Jones led the Hatters from League Two to League One, finishing second in the 2017/18 season to gain promotion. However, he did not stay in League One for long, leaving Luton midway through their first season there to take over at Championship side Stoke City – when the Hatters were second in the table.

While Luton were promoted that season, Jones did struggle at Stoke, winning just seven of his 38 matches before being sacked. After a brief spell out, Jones returned to Luton towards the end of the 2019/20 season and helped them fight off relegation. Luton have been climbing up the table under Jones, securing a play-off spot last season though they lost to Huddersfield Town in the semi-finals.

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This season Luton sit just outside the play-off spots after 19 matches played, but do have a game in hand on some of the teams above them, continuing to progress under Jones. Progress that Southampton have obviously been keeping an eye on.

Another name high up the list is Sean Dyche, who has been out of work since leaving Burnley last season. Dyche’s CV needs no reading, with the experience of building a steady Premier League side that even threatened the European spots. That would undoubtedly be Southampton’s long-term goal.

Also included are the likes of Marcelo Gallardo, who will leave River Plate at the end of their season, Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen and a potential return for Mauricio Pochettino.


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