By Sedara Oluwadara
Southampton have sacked manager Ralph Hasenhuttl after nearly four years in charge at the club.
Hasenhuttl leaves the Saints after their 4-1 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday, which left them in the relegation zone after six losses in nine top-flight games.
The Austrian was the Premier League’s fourth-longest serving manager, having taken over at St Mary’s in December 2018.
During his spell at the club Southampton suffered two 9-0 defeats in the space of 16 months as they lost to Leicester at home in October 2019 and were then thumped by the same scoreline at Manchester United in February 2021.
But Hasenhuttl managed to preserve Saints’ Premier League status by guiding them to 16th in his first season in charge followed by an 11th-placed finish in 2019/20, with 15th-placed finishes in his following two campaigns.