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Southampton sack manager Hasenhuttl

Southampton have sacked manager Ralph Hasenhuttl after nearly four years in charge at the club.

Hasenhuttl leaves the Saints after their 4-1 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday, which left them in the relegation zone after six losses in nine top-flight games. Assistant coach Richard Kitzbichler has also left the club

The Austrian was the Premier League's fourth-longest serving manager, having taken over at St Mary's in December 2018. He is the fifth top-flight boss to be sacked this season after Scott Parker, Thomas Tuchel, Bruno Lage and Steven Gerrard.

A club statement read: "Hasenhuttl 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 on an interim basis for Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday. The club have said they will be announcing a permanent replacement in due course.

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