Nathan Jones: Southampton sack manager after just three months in charge

Southampton have sacked manager Nathan Jones after just three months in charge of the Premier League club.

Former Luton Town boss Jones, 49, leaves with Saints bottom of the table following Saturday’s loss to 10-man Wolves.

The Welshman has lost nine of the 14 matches he has overseen in all competitions following his appointment on November 10.

That record included eight defeats in nine Premier League games and four successive defeats at home to St Mary’s.

First-team coaches Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan have also left the club, while head coach Ruben Selles will take charge of Saturday’s Premier League game at Chelsea.

Despite a 1-0 lead with a power play on Saturday, Jones saw his side crumble to a home defeat against fellow Wolves wrestlers who were greeted with boos from Saints fans at the full-time whistle.

He walked straight into the tunnel, rather than applauding home support, and said after the game that he unsure if this would be his last game in charge.

“I’ve never done this in my life before,” Jones said of his decision to leave for the locker room immediately.

“In 390 games, I’ve never done that. But I’m not sure clapping would have shown respect.”

Southampton supporters had chanted ‘you’re getting fired tomorrow morning’ and ‘Nathan Jones, get out of our club’ after their previous league defeat at Brentford.

Jones gave an emotional response to that 3-0 loss, saying he had “let the players down”.

“I didn’t really put my own stamp on it and should have had it by now,” Jones told BBC’s Match of the Day.

“I want to be brutally honest with that – I let the players down.”

Jones took over from Ralph Hasenhuttl in November on a three-and-a-half-year contract after leaving Championship side Luton.

He has lost four of his first five matches in charge, with the only win in that run a 2-1 EFL Cup win over League One Lincoln.

But three wins in the space of a week over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, Manchester City in the EFL Cup and Everton in the Premier League then suggested Jones might have turned things around, only to back-to-back league defeats for end his reign.

Jones made a name for himself in two successful spells with Luton, either side of an ill-fated 38 appearances in charge of Stoke City.

He first took over at Kenilworth Road in 2016 with the struggling Hatters in League Two, guiding them to second place in League One, before being tempted to make the Championship move with Stoke in 2019 .

After winning just six of those 38 games, Jones returned to a Luton side 23rd in the Championship, helping them stay up on the final day of the 2019-20 season.

He then led them to last season’s Championship play-offs, where they were beaten by Huddersfield Town in the semi-finals, and signed a new five-year contract with the Hatters last January.

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