After being in charge of Southampton for a month shy of four years, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s time at St Mary’s is over.
The Saints decided to axe the German following a 4-1 defeat at home against Newcastle on Sunday, which leaves the club in the relegation zone heading into their final Premier League game before the World Cup in Qatar.
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They’ve won just one of their last nine games in all competitions, but who will be the man to turn the form around at Southampton?
Paddy’s trusty traders are here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff and they’ve priced up the runners and riders as to who might be the next Southampton manager.
Luton Town manager Nathan Jones is the frontrunner to replace Ralph Hasenhuttl at Southampton. The former Stoke boss has impressed in the Championship and Luton could make a playoff run this season, which would be a great achievement. Surely it would be hard for him to turn the job down if he got the call.
Sean Dyche has been out of work since being axed by Burnley but he has proven results in the Premier League. There’s no doubt that Dyche would get an instant response from the Southampton players but is he the sexy name fans crave?
Kjetil Knutsen manages Norwegian side FK Bodø/Glimt and he’s guided them to a few impressive wins in Europe over the last 12 months, including a huge victory against Roma and beating Celtic 5-1 on aggregate over two legs. He could prove a shrewd appointment.
River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo will leave the club in December when his contract expires after eight years with the Argentinian club. He won 14 trophies during his time at River Plate so he has some pedigree.
Mauricio Pochettino did a brilliant job at Southampton before leaving to join Tottenham. It feels unlikely the 50-year-old would return to his old stomping ground with Pochettino eyeing clubs in the Champions League.
Domenico Tedesco was sacked by RB Leipzig earlier this season and he’s previously been at Spartak Moscow and Schalke. He won a cup at Leipzig and guided them to the semi-finals of the Europa League. Not bad Saints fans, eh?
Steven Gerrard dominated when in charge of Rangers north of the boarder, however, he found Premier League life a lot harder. The Liverpool icon was sacked by Aston Villa last month after a dismal run of form which saw the fans turn on him. Does he deserve another shot?
*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.
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