By Wayne Veysey

7th Nov, 2022 | 6:45am

Sources: Southampton sacking Ralph Hasenhuttl

Southampton plan to sack Ralph Hasenhuttl – and he could be gone by the end of the week, sources have told Football Insider.

The club’s owners have given the green light to dismissing the Austrian, 55, either in the coming days or during the break for the World Cup.

Southampton had initially planned to wait until the mid-season recess before deciding Hasenhuttl’s future, but have made up their minds to find a new manager in the wake of Sunday’s 4-1 Premier League defeat to Newcastle United.

It leaves Southampton 18th in the Premier League after just three wins from their 14 matches of this campaign.

The south-coast club could now leave Hasenhuttl in charge for their two matches this week, Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash against Sheffield Wednesday and Saturday’s league visit to Liverpool, or hands the reins to a caretaker.

It is believed owners Sport Republic, who took over the club in January in a £250million takeover, have given the green light to dismissing Hasenhuttl after nearly four years.

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The club are putting out feelers for new managers as they begin the process of hiring a replacement.

Hasenhuttl, 55, joined Southampton in December 2018 and has consistently kept the club in the Premier League while overseeing a high intensity playing style.

They finished a creditable 11th in his first full season in charge after he replaced Mark Hughes, followed by two consecutive 15th-place finishes.

However, the pressure has intensified on Hasenhuttl in recent weeks amid growing concern that the players are not responding to his exacting methods.

The full-time whistle at St Mary’s on Sunday was met with a chorus of boos from the home supporters.

In other news, Sources: Southampton and Leicester City race to sign Aboukhlal.