By Ben Dinnery

23rd Jun, 2022 | 7:57am

Expert: Ralph Hasenhuttl's 'head is on the chopping block' after Southampton triple sacking

Ralph Hasenhuttl has no choice but to shake things up at Southampton as his “head is on the chopping block” if they endure another disappointing campaign in 2022-23.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

As relayed by Training Ground Guru last Friday (17 June), long-serving Southampton assistants Kelvin Davis, Dave Watson and Craig Fleming have been sacked by the Saints.

Spanish coach Ruben Selles has been hired to replace the trio and will work closely alongside Hasenhuttl on player development and coaching.

The south coast club finished 15th in each of the last two seasons and are yet to place in the top half under Hasenhuttl.

Dinnery insists that the triple sacking reflects the Austrian boss’s awareness that he must oversee a change in fortunes soon.

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“This is a results-based business,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“If you look back at the first half of the season in the last two years, Southampton have had a fairly promising start with the potential to finish really well. But they fell away badly. That is the worry.

“Ralph Hasenhuttl comes with a big reputation. He is highly respected within the game. I think particularly last season, that raises the bar and expectations. You expected them to push on and not fade away.

“So, tough decisions need to be made. If Hasenhuttl doesn’t feel that he is getting what he needs from those assistants, he may feel he can benefit from a new set of knowledge and expertise.

“You are always going to try that because, if they do fail again, it is the manager’s head on the chopping block.”

Southampton begin their pre-season against Klagenfurt on 13 July.

They kick off the 2022-23 campaign against Tottenham on 6 August.

In other news, pundit expects West Ham to beat Newcastle United to James Ward-Prowse deal from Southampton.