With Ralph Hasenhuttl being handed his marching orders, Southampton have instantly set about securing his replacement.
With that in mind, it seems that the 49-year-old can already start formulating his team for the Saints’ upcoming fixtures.
One man who certainly deserves a recall is Romeo Lavia, who seems ready to return following his injury absence.
Particularly with his replacement Ainsley Maitland-Niles having underperformed with his chance in the starting side.
A workmanlike presence beside James Ward-Prowse, the teenage sensation had starred since his move from Manchester City in the summer.
He was left to rue a shoddy display against Newcastle on Sunday, with Maitland-Niles’ lacklustre defending the reason for Miguel Almiron’s opener while he also let Joe Willock in behind for their final goal.
The improvement when Lavia features is a testament to his ability at such a young age, outlined in the fact that they had won two of their first five games of which he featured, and yet have only won once in the nine matches following where he was absent.
Jones will enter St Mary’s with a relatively clean slate but will be aware of the club’s current situation and what must be done to drag them out of the relegation zone. They are just three points off 12th-placed Leeds United.
Unleashing this youngster once again, who earned vital minutes off their bench in their recent collapse against Newcastle United, could be the key to giving the incoming manager the best possible start before the World Cup break commences.