Jones' reign the sixth shortest in Premier League history

12 Feb 2023
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Welshman departs Southampton after 94 days and with the fourth-worst points average of any manager

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Nathan Jones’s reign as a Premier League manager goes down as one of the shortest in the competition’s 31-year history. 

Southampton parted company with Jones on Sunday after a 2-1 home loss to 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers left them rooted to the bottom of the table.

The bottom six

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
15 Bournemouth BOU 38 -34 39
16 Nottingham Forest NFO 38 -30 38
17 Everton EVE 38 -23 36
18 Leicester City LEI 38 -17 34
19 Leeds United LEE 38 -30 31
20 Southampton SOU 38 -37 25
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Jones’s sacking came just 94 days after he joined Saints. 

Only five managers lasted a shorter time at a Premier League club. 

The man who holds the unwanted record of the shortest managerial reign is Les Reed, who remarkably was in charge for only 40 days at Charlton Athletic in November and December 2006. 

Reed did, however, still manage to pick up a point more than Jones in less than half the time.

Shortest managerial reigns 
Manager Club Matches Points Days in charge
Les Reed Charlton 7 4 40
Rene Meulensteen Fulham 13 10 75
Frank de Boer Palace 4 0 77
Bob Bradley Swansea 11 8 84
Quique Sanchez Flores Watford 10 7 85
Nathan Jones Saints 8 3 94

Jones’s record of seven defeats in eight matches also makes him statistically one of the least successful managers in the Premier League. 

His 0.38 points-per-match average is the fourth-lowest, behind only Eric Black, Terry Connor and Jan Siewert.  

Lowest points/match records*
Manager Matches Record Points Pts/match
Eric Black 9 W0 D1 L8 1 0.11
Terry Connor 13 W0 D4 L9 4 0.31
Jan Siewert 15 W1 D2 L12 5 0.33
Nathan Jones 8 W1 D0 L7 3 0.38

*minimum eight matches

In comparison, Southampton’s previous manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, averaged 1.17 points per match in his spell on the south coast. 

With Saints sitting five points below 17th-placed Leeds United, and with the second-worst goal difference in the division, the club will hope their next manager can work their magic and inspire a great escape from relegation. 


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