I was right

I never take pride in this regard being right, but news has emerged Southampton have sacked Nathan Jones after less than 100 days in charge. Welshman Jones becomes Southampton’s shortest-serving manager in the Premier League era.

The Saints have had some very respectable names take the managerial hot seat over the years. When former manager Ralph Hassenhuttl was sacked after four years in charge, much to the surprise of all, Luton Town manager Nathan Jones was named as his replacement.

This is the same Nathan Jones who won the manager of the year last year after his fine work at Kenilworth Road. Even still, to be given a job at Southampton when survival was the priority was strange, to put it mildly.

Despite the 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final, Southampton lacked direction and a clear plan. Last weekend’s 2-1 meltdown to relegation rivals Wolves, only confirmed that sadly I was right about Nathan Jones.

As I said earlier, no he isn’t a terrible manager, but this job is above his level, with the greatest respect. If reports are to be believed Jesse Marsch, who was just sacked by relegation rival Leeds is set to become the new man in charge.

The former Salzburg coach is a good manager. Sadly for the American, his last two jobs as Leipzig and now Leeds manager respectively, have not quite worked out for him.

I see a tale similar to David Moyes here, or at least I hope it does. Here’s to hoping that Marsch can stamp his authority at St Mary’s if he’s to be given the job.

Southampton’s new manager (whoever he will be) has a good squad, the board have made money available in the Jaunary transfer window for new signings like they did in the summer transfer window.

Arguably what’s needed for The Saints, is a manager who can put an arm around the players. The question is, who is the manager that can do that?

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