Southampton Sack Jones
Southampton have sacked manager Nathan Jones. The Welshman, 49, leaves the club after just 95 days in charge, making him Saints’ shortest serving manager of the Premier League era.
The former Luton Town manager, who replaced Ralph Hasenhuttl in November, leaves with Southampton bottom of the table after losing to Wolves, who were reduced to 10 men, on Saturday. Under Jones the Saints lost eight out of nine in the Premier League, and lost four home matches in succession.
There were signs in January that Jones was turning things around. Victories over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, Manchester City in the EFL Cup and relegation rivals Everton in the league suggested that things were on an upward trajectory. However, since those positive results things have gone badly for Southampton and for Jones. Supporters greeted Saturdays’ defeat with a chorus of boos and the Southampton board subsequently decided to relieve Jones of his duty.
First-team coaches Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan have also left the club, while lead coach Ruben Selles will take charge of next Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Chelsea.
New Southampton Manager Odds
Ex Rangers and Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is an early favourite. The former Liverpool and England midfielder is 4/1 with William Hill and BetVictor. Jesse Marsch, sacked by Leeds United less than a week ago is in the frame along with former River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo. Ruben Selles is thought to be the number one choice if the Southampton board look to someone within the club, while ex manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has been mentioned.
Frank Lampard is rated as a 16/1 choice by BetVictor to make a quick return to football. Other names include former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, Rafael Benitez and Sam Allardyce.
For punters who are looking for a left-field choice, Saints legend Matt Le Tissier is priced at 80/1 by Paddy Power and Betfair.
|Steven Gerrard||4/1||William Hill/BetVictor|
|Jesse Marsch||8/1||William Hill|
|Marcelo Gallardo||10/1||William Hill|
|Ruben Selles||10/1||Paddy Power/Betfair|
|Nuno Espirito-Santo||10/1||Paddy Power/Betfair|
|Ralph Hasenhuttl||10/1||William Hill|
|Rafael Benitez||10/1||William Hill/Paddy Power/ Betfair/BetVictor|
|Dean Smith||12/1||William Hill|
|Marcelo Bielsa||12/1||Paddy Power/Betfair|
|Sam Allardyce||20/1||Paddy Power/Betfair|
|Scott Parker||25/1||William Hill|
|Matt Le Tissier||80/1||Paddy Power/Betfair|