Ralph Hasenhuttl has been sacked as Southampton’s manager following their 4-1 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday.
The club has been languishing in the relegation zone in 18th place having won just once in their last nine games – and just three times all season.
Hasenhuttl had been in charge of the club since December 2018 when he succeeded Mark Hughes.
In a statement, the club said: ‘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.’