Southampton coach Nathan Jones was sacked after just 14 matches.
The Welshman, 49, succeeded former boss Ralph Hessenhuttl in November but failed to turn around the Saints’ fortunes.
The final straw came in the form of today’s 2-1 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Wolverhampton at St Mary’s.
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In a statement, the club said: “Southampton Football Club can confirm that they have parted ways with manager of the men’s first team, Nathan Jones.
First team coach Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan have also left the club.
First-team captain Robin Celis will take charge of training and preparing the squad ahead of next weekend’s game against Chelsea.
Argentine Marcelo Gallardo is one of the candidates to take over, along with Liverpool legend Stephen Gerrard and former Reds coach Rafa Benitez.
Jones won five of the 14 matches he played in all competitions after trailing Hasenhuttl, and lost a further nine.
SunSport revealed last week that the former Luton boss has already lost the confidence of several members of his squad.
Many of the first team players questioned Jones’ tactics, while feeling his coaching was not up to Hasenhuttl’s standard.
He then angered some members of the team by blaming them for his reluctance to switch to his so-called “favorite style”.
Fans have also expressed their displeasure with Jones in recent weeks.
In Saturday’s dismal defeat by Wolves, Saints supporters chanted “You’ll be sent off in the morning” to the Welshman.
A St. Mary’s fan was kicked out for brandishing a giant P45 with Jones’ name on it.
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Jones, 49, made two big calls ahead of the defeat at Wolves – regular defenders Doug Kalita-Carr and Armil Bela Kochab were sacked from the squad entirely, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles playing at centre-back.
The Saints took the lead in the 24th minute, when Carlos Alcaraz converted past Jose Sa.
Just three minutes later, Mario Lemina was shown a red card against his former club, putting Jones and his team mates in command.
But the 10 men came back strong, with Jan Bednarik scoring the equalizer in the 72nd minute for coach Julen Lopetegui’s side before Joao Gomez scored the winning goal in the 87th minute.
The result saw Southampton remain bottom of the table with just 15 points from 22 games this season.
Jones said: “I compromised on certain principles because of the staff, but also because of the way people want to play – because of the fans.
“I was very successful playing a fluent style, Luton were a real aggressive team up front.
“Statistically, there wasn’t much better than me around Europe in terms of aggressiveness, clean sheets, defending the penalty area, balls in the box, xG, all that stuff.
“We were better pound for pound because we were spending next to nothing and producing a lot. I stayed away from that because it’s the Premier League and because of some of the players and the foreigners.
“I had to compromise on certain things and I won’t do that again.”
The Saints travel to Chelsea next weekend, before a trip to Leeds the following Saturday.
They will be in the next game at St Mary’s on 1 March, when they take on Grimsby in the FA Cup.
This article was originally published in The Sun and is republished with permission.
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