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Southampton Fans Already Calling For Nathan Jones' Head

Southampton Fans Already Calling For Nathan Jones' Head
By Eoin Harrington
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It's safe to say things are not going well at Southampton. Rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table with only 12 points as we approach the midway point of the season, Saints fans are fuming with recent performances.

Since the return from the World Cup, things have gone from bad to worse.

Their only win since the winter break came in the League Cup against Lincoln, and they have now fallen to six consecutive Premier League defeats after recent losses to Brighton, Fulham, and Nottingham Forest.

The heavy home loss to Brighton was particularly dire and, after another poor performance by Southampton handed Nottingham Forest their first away league win of the year on Wednesday night, the club's fans have turned on new manager Nathan Jones.

Southampton: Fans at St. Mary's fuming with shocking start under Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones took over at Southampton after the sacking of Ralph Hassenhuttl in early November, but has struggled to implement his playing style on the south coast.

Former Stoke boss Jones has not seen his side score one goal from open play in the Premier League since taking over, and Wednesday night's 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest sees them remain bottom of the table with 18 games played.

Speaking on Match of the Day on Wednesday night, Arsenal legend Ian Wright questioned Jones' attitude, and noted that he had struggled to implement any element of style to his Southampton team:


Six consecutive league defeats now. No clean sheets. No shots on target today. I feel for the manager, I know he's only been there for a couple of months, but I don't think he's helped himself by saying he's not a miracle worker. We have seen Southampton get a couple of hammerings but, at the same time, they've always had a little bit of structure to the way they're playing. At the moment, I can't see it. Hopefully they can sort that out sooner rather than later.

They are damning numbers for Jones. After Wednesday's loss to Nottingham Forest, the fans made their feelings abundantly clear for their new manager.


Boos were heard ringing around St. Mary's at full-time, and fans could even be heard joining in with Forest fan's goading chants.


The Athletic's Southampton correspondent Jacob Tanswell gave a damning assessment of Jones' long-ball style of play, saying that the tactic made Tony Pulis' Stoke side of the late 2000s look like Barcelona.

The unrest in the ground was clear, but fans also made their feelings clear on social media at full-time.

Several memes were shared about the current state of affairs at Southampton, while plenty of fans were already calling for Jones to be sacked, after just four Premier League games in charge.


Some fans, however, also directed anger at the ownership of the club for their poor decision making.

Nathan Jones' predecessor Ralph Hassenhuttl was sacked after a start to the season which saw Southampton earn just 12 points from their first 14 Premier League games - they have earned 0 since his departure.

It seems as though Jones is not only battling to turn around Southampton's fortunes on the pitch, but is also fighting against the ill feeling from the club's fans, even so early in his reign.

With cup games against Crystal Palace and Manchester City followed by a run of games which includes two relegation six-pointers against Everton and Wolves, it's set to be a crucial few weeks for Nathan Jones at Southampton.

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