Southampton manager Ruben Selles to leave at end of season after relegation

Southampton's manager Ruben Selles, centre, reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, March 12, 2023. (Jon Super/AP Photo)

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Southampton manager Ruben Selles will not have his contract renewed when it expires at the end of the season, the relegated Premier League club said Wednesday.

Selles took charge in February after the departure of Nathan Jones but was unable to extend Southampton’s 11-year stay in England’s top division.

The south-coast team is assured of finishing in last place this season ahead of its final game, at home against Liverpool on Sunday.

“The club wants to place on record its thanks to Ruben for taking on the managerial position at a difficult time for the club and for giving his all as we attempted to stay in the Premier League,” Southampton said.

Selles, who is from Spain, was previously an assistant coach at FC Copenhagen in Denmark and also has coached Valencia’s youth team in his native country.

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