Ralph Hasenhuttl's ironic final words on Newcastle United before getting sacked at Southampton
Southampton’s heavy defeat to Newcastle left them sitting in the Premier League relegation zone heading into the World Cup break. Goals from Miguel Almiron, Chris Wood, Joe Willock and Bruno Guimaraes found the net for United with Romain Perraud scoring a late consolation for The Saints.
After the match, Hasnhuttle told Match of the Day: “They have shown why there are where they are. They were clinical in the right moments.
"I cannot say we had a very bad game but not a bad game is not enough to win games. That's the reason we are where we are.”
Hasenhuttl was then asked about his future at St Mary’s and whether he had any concerns.
“I have to take a lot of decisions in my job since being here,” he added. “I'm never concerned, I will always try and do my job and that is the only thing that is interesting me.”
But the following morning, Southampton confirmed the Austrian’s dismissal in a club statement, which read: “Southampton Football Club can confirm it has parted company with men’s first team manager Ralph Hasenhüttl. First team assistant coach Richard Kitzbichler has also today left the club.
“Hasenhüttl, who was appointed in December 2018, departs having made a significant contribution to the club, overseeing some memorable results and also playing a key role in the development of our club infrastructure, identity and playing squad.
"However, we now believe it is an appropriate time to make a change. Everyone involved with the club would like to express their sincere thanks to Ralph for all of his efforts, as well as the unwavering commitment he has shown throughout his time as manager.
“First team lead coach Rubén Sellés will take charge of the side on an interim basis for our game on Wednesday night. The club will be announcing a permanent replacement in due course.”
Southampton host Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening before travelling to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday before the World Cup break.