Southampton are currently without a director of football following the departure of Ross Wilson to Rangers earlier this month.
The club are eyeing potential suitors for the role, with the Mail recently reporting that former manager Dave Jones was in the running – though a journalist has since poured cold water over those links.
The Welshman took charge of Southampton between the years of 1997 and 2000, winning the LMA Manager of the Year with the Saints in 1998.
Jones knows the club well and is currently out of the managerial game after an unsuccessful spell with Hartlepool in 2017.
However, reports on Twitter by national newspaper journalist Alex Crook have in fact debunked that story from the Mail. Crook claims that neither Jones nor ex-Schalke director of football Erik Stoffelshaus are in the running for the job.
Also told neither Dave Jones nor Erik Stoffelshaus are being considered for the director of football role at #SaintsFC
— Alex Crook ⚽️🎙 (@alex_crook) October 28, 2019
Southampton are considering a number of changes with coach Ralph Hasenhuttl’s future on the line after his side were demolished 9-0 by Leicester City on Friday night, according to the Mail.
It would be unsurprising if Saints were still in shock after the events of Friday evening and desperately need some stability to calm things down. There could well now be wholesale changes behind the scenes, with Ralph Hasenhuttl reportedly walking a tightrope in the St Mary’s dugout.
The importance of a director of football seems to get overlooked by many clubs – notably Manchester United in recent years – and without Wilson at the club it seems to have affected Southampton perhaps more than they anticipated.
So while Jones may not be being considered, filling the position sooner rather than later seems a necessity.
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