Southampton FC has decided to part ways with its manager, Nathan Jones, after a run of poor results in the Premier League. Jones was appointed in November of 2022, but only managed to secure a win in nine of the 14 matches he oversaw. This included eight losses in the Premier League, as well as four consecutive home losses at St. Mary’s Stadium. The Welshman leaves the club as it sits at the bottom of the Premier League table. In addition to Jones, first-team coaches Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan have also departed from the club. Lead coach Ruben Selles will be taking charge of the team for their upcoming match against Chelsea.
Southampton FC Removal Statement
Southampton Football Club can confirm it has parted company with Men’s First Team Manager Nathan Jones. First Team Coaches Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan have also left the club. First Team Lead Coach Rubén Sellés will take charge of training and prepare the team ahead of next weekend’s game against Chelsea.Southampton Club Website
Jones was previously the manager of Luton Town, where he had two successful stints. However, his time in charge of Stoke City was not as successful, and he returned to Luton to lead the team to safety in the 2019-2020 season and to the Championship play-offs the following year. Despite a promising start at Southampton with three wins in a week over tough opposition, the team’s fortunes soon took a turn for the worse, leading to Jones’ departure.
Jones was open about his struggles at Southampton and acknowledged that he had let the players down. He stated that he had not been able to put his own stamp on the team, despite being with the club for three months. The defeat to Wolves, along with the chants from away supporters, seemed to be the final straw for Jones and the club.
Jones said he had “let the players down”. I haven’t really put my own stamp on it and I should have by now. I want to be brutally honest with this – I have let the players down.”Nathan Jones
Given the team’s poor performance, the club had to make the difficult decision to part ways with Jones. The club will now be looking for a new manager to turn its fortunes around and help them climb back up the Premier League table.