Pundit lambasts 'toxic' Southampton dressing room as newleak emerges
Noel Whelan has claimed damning leaks out of the Southampton dressing room are evidence “all was not well” at the club.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the lack of “camaraderie” between management and players could be a contributing factor to the Saints’ lowly league position.
Hasenhuttl was sacked on Monday (7 November), just a day after Southampton’s disjointed 4-1 defeat against Newcastle at St Mary’s Stadium.
The Athletic revealed later that day that the relationship between manager and players had broken down completely, with some stars voicing their concerns to the Saints board before the 2022-23 season kicked off.
The report claims players likened the way Hasenhuttl talked to them to a “headteacher” and claimed “heated exchanges” were a regular occurrence in the dressing room.
Football Insider revealed on Monday (7 November) that Southampton are confident of appointing Luton Town boss Nathan Jones as their new manager before their trip to Liverpool on Saturday (12 November).
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Whelan insisted sacking Hasenhuttl was the only answer after a “toxic” atmosphere emerged on the south coast.
He told Football Insider: “That’s a tell-tale sign that all was not well.
“You’ve got players coming out and criticizing a manager who did well for so long, a manager who probably brought a lot of those players in.
“It just shows the camaraderie was not there between the coaching staff and the players, and when it gets to that point – you see the kind of results Southampton have been on the end of.
“They didn’t want to play for this manager, and the negativity was spilling onto the pitch.
“When it becomes toxic, something’s got to change – and it can only be the manager.”