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Southampton relegated from Premier League after going through three bosses in one season

Southampton will play Championship football next season following a disastrous Premier League season in which they went through three different managers with relegation now confirmed

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Stuart Armstrong of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St. Mary's Stadium on May 13, 2023 in Southampton, England.
Southampton’s time in the Premier League has come to an end

Southampton’s time in the Premier League has come to an end after a 2-0 defeat at home to Fulham confirmed their relegation to the Championship.

Following defeat against Nottingham Forest on Monday, Ruben Selles’ men needed to beat Fulham on Saturday to have any chance of retaining their top-light status.

Goals from Carlos Vinicius and the returning Aleksandar Mitrovic condemned the home side, who now sit 10 points from safety with just three games remaining.

With Ralph Hasenhuttl getting sacked back in November, Nathan Jones lasted from November to February before Selles was hired to try and salvage their Premier League status.

The Spaniard wasn’t up to the task, winning only two of his 15 matches in charge culminating in defeat against Fulham with three games still to play.

The Saints enjoyed Premier League finishes of both 6th and 7th during their now-ended stint in the top-fight, but struggled in recent campaigns.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Southampton players dejected during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St. Mary's Stadium on May 13, 2023 in Southampton, England
Southampton failed to stay in the Premier League under a third manager
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton looks dejected during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at Friends Provident St. Mary's Stadium on May 13, 2023 in Southampton, England. (
Southampton have been relegated from the Premier League following a 2-0 defeat

Fans flooded out of St Mary’s before the final whistle, with no hope of taking their season into another week after going two goals behind.

Two 15th place finished came before the current campaign, where they are a good bet to finish bottom with a summer to regroup before their Championship return.

It remains to be seen who might join them in the bottom three, with Leicester and Leeds currently occupying 19th and 18th respectively.
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Ruben Selles, Manager of Southampton, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at Friends Provident St. Mary's Stadium on May 13, 2023 in Southampton, England.
Ruben Selles tried and failed to keep Southampton in the top flight

On Southampton’s Twitter status confirming their fate, one reply read: “Devastating but we simply haven’t been good enough both on and off the field and at both ends of the pitch.”

A second added: “Sad day but start of a new chapter. Let’s clean house and do our best to bounce right back up.”

A third posted: “We all knew it was coming but it hurts even more now it is confirmed.”

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