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Southampton confirm Ralph Hasenhuttl’s dismissal

Southampton part ways with Ralph Hasenhuttl

Southampton have confirmed that they have parted ways with Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. His assistant, Richard Kitzbichler has also left the club.

The 55-year-old joined Southampton in December 2018, with the club in the relegation zone at the time of his appointment. 

However, he steered them away from danger and guided them to a 16th-placed finish in the Premier League.

The former RB Leipzig boss led the Saints to an impressive 11th-place finish in his first full season in charge and then followed up with consecutive 15th-place finishes.

However, the Saints have struggled to get going this season, picking up just 12 points from their 14 games.

Hasenhuttl had been walking on eggshells, having won just one of their previous eight league games leading up to their clash with Newcastle United.

However, their thumping 4-1 defeat at home to the Magpies last weekend means the Austrian tactician has left the club languishing in the drop zone – the same as they were when he joined.

The club have now released an official statement confirming Hasenhuttl’s sacking, with first-team coach Ruben Selles set to take over on an interim basis while the club scours the market for a permanent replacement.

“Hasenhuttl, 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,” the statement 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.

“First team lead coach Ruben Selles will take charge of the side on an interim basis for our game on Wednesday night. The club will be announcing a permanent replacement in due course.”

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