Ruben Selles will step down as head coach of Southampton when his contract ends at the end of the current campaign, the club has confirmed.
When Nathan Jones was fired by the Saints in February, the Spaniard was given his first senior managerial position with the team. He started out as caretaker manager with a 1-0 victory away at Chelsea.
Southampton was demoted to the Championship, ending its 10-year stint in the top division, despite playing well against some of the Premier League’s hardest opponents, notably a 3-3 draw against then-table-toppers Arsenal.
Before leaving, Selles will take command of Southampton’s final regular-season game against Liverpool at home.
Southampton Football Club released the following statement: “Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has held conversations with Men’s First Team Manager, Ruben Selles, and decided that his contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the season.
“The club wants to place on record its thanks to Ruben for taking on the managerial position at a difficult time for the club and for giving his all as we attempted to stay in the Premier League.
“Ruben will take charge of the team for the final game against Liverpool on Sunday at St Mary’s. We wish him all the best for his future career.”
Numerous media sites said that Swansea City’s Russell Martin was the front-runner to fill the position at Southampton, and insiders have indicated that he is most likely to transfer to St Mary’s before the 2023–24 season.
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