Overhauling the squad and burning through managers ultimately led to relegation after failure to beat Fulham
They say fortune favours the brave. Not always, as Southampton have discovered to their detriment. Relegation to the Championship ends a largely positive 11-year stay in the Premier League and erases their image as a model club, though in truth that was beginning to be scrubbed away a few years ago.
From radically overhauling the squad with an influx of youngsters to replacing Ralph Hasenhüttl mid-season with Nathan Jones, untested at the elite level, on the merit of metrics and then giving Rubén Sellés the job until the end of the season on the back of a surprise win at Chelsea, a series of bold decisions by the club’s owner, Sport Republic, have badly backfired.
Written by Ben Fisher
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2023/may/13/the-series-of-poor-decisions-that-sent-saints-marching-out-of-premier-league under the title “The series of poor decisions that sent Saints marching out of Premier League | Ben Fisher”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.