Southampton’s poor start to the Premier League season continued last time out when they were convincingly beaten 3-0 by Chelsea at St Mary’s, and fans are already rightly worried that they could find themselves in another relegation battle this term.
The south coast outfit only narrowly avoided the drop to the Championship during the previous campaign as Mark Hughes won enough points to secure a 17th-place finish following a disastrous spell in charge for predecessor Mauricio Pellegrino, and he was subsequently handed a three-year deal back in May.
However, things certainly haven’t gone to plan so far this season with them winning just one of their opening eight top flight fixtures, and as well as finding goals hard to come by – they have only netted six – their defence appears to be in as much of a mess as it was during the 2017/18 campaign with summer signing Jannik Vestergaard dropped to the substitutes’ bench against the Blues.
Some Saints fans on Twitter have already started to call for their manager’s head, and there was certainly a potentially interesting development last week when Leonardo Jardim was sacked by Monaco.
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Despite being fired following a disappointing run of form, the 44-year-old is highly-rated and seen as a forward-thinking manager, who likes to play attacking football and helped develop young players like Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar – something that should appeal to Southampton as a club.
While it may be ambitious, we decided to ask Saints supporters to vote on our poll to see whether they would like the club to appoint Jardim, and a whopping 91% said they would – as you can see from the results below.