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Southampton will sack Ralph Hasenhuttl but he could remain in charge of the Saints’ final Premier League fixture before the World Cup, according to reports. Hasenhuttl’s side were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Newcastle on Sunday and that has prompted the club’s board to dismiss the Austrian.
Hasenhuttl has struggled to get positive results for some time at Southampton. The South Coast club are 18th in the top-flight, having won just three of their 14 fixtures.
It comes after Southampton endured a run of 15 defeats in 22 games in a dismal winless period that started last season and ended with a narrow win at Bournemouth in October. Performances have not improved and the Saints were terrible against Newcastle.
Southampton’s hierarchy have now decided to dismiss the former RB Leipzig boss but his exit might not happen until the World Cup. It could mean that he remains in the dugout for next weekend’s tough visit to Liverpool.
That is according to The Athletic, who claim that Hasenhuttl could leave before the trip to Anfield if a replacement can be sourced quickly. The 55-year-old will become the fifth Premier League boss to be sacked this season.
Newcastle easily saw off a poor Southampton side at St. Mary’s on Sunday. Goals by Miguel Almiron, Chris Wood, Joe Willock and Bruno Guimaraes maintained the Magpies’ impressive Champions League qualification charge.
Romain Perraud scored a late consolatory goal to make the scoreline 3-1, just before Guimaraes restored a three-goal margin. Hasenhuttl slammed his team as being ‘not good enough’, and suggested their below-par display was a reflection of their season.
“I have made a lot of decisions in my time here. Thankfully, I don’t have to make that decision.
“I can not say the effort wasn’t there, but in the moment we are not taking the reward for the effort on the pitch. I think it [being in the relegation zone] is a reflection of what we’ve done so far. It has not been good enough.”
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