Southampton have sacked manager Ralph Hasenhuttl following a 4-1 home defeat to Newcastle.
The Saints lie 18th in the Premier League table having lost six of their last nine games.
Sunday’s woeful performance against the Magpies proved to be the final game in charge for Hasenhuttl, who was appointed to the South Coast outfit in December 2018.
The Austrian, 55, maintained the club’s status in the English top flight for four consecutive seasons but his tenure has come to an end with Saints chiefs fearful of a slide into the Championship.
Hasenhuttl’s time at St Mary’s will be remembered most for two 9-0 losses — at home to Leicester in October 2019 and at Manchester United in February 2021.
A club statement read: “Southampton can confirm it has parted company with men’s first team manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. First team assistant coach Richard Kitzbichler has also today left the club.
“Hasenhuttl, 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 Ruben Selles 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 face Sheffield Wednesday in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round tie before a trip to Liverpool on Saturday.