In an early step from what should be a very busy summer for Southampton, the club announced changes to the first team coaching staff on Wednesday.
Coaches Kelvin Davis, Dave Watson and Craig Fleming no longer have jobs with the team.
#SaintsFC can confirm a change within the coaching team in the Men’s First Team environment, making the decision to part with Kelvin Davis, Dave Watson and Craig Fleming:— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) May 25, 2022
A statement posted at the team’s website offered these words for the departed coaches:
The club would like to express its sincere thanks to each of the coaches for their efforts throughout their time at Southampton in various capacities.
Davis had the longest tenure of the group, dating back to his playing days as a goalkeeper with the club as it rocketed up from League One to the Premier League. He was also a team captain before retiring as a player in 2017 and moving into a coaching role.
Watson had been with the team since 2014, starting as a goalkeeping coach and working his way up to assistant coach in 2019. Fleming was part of the club since 2015, starting with the Under-18s before ending up with the first team.
This news apparently signals that the club wanted a change to the coaching staff but that is not going to include manager Ralph Hasenhuttl:
Southampton, under the ownership Sport Republic, will now freshen up the backroom team supporting Hasenhuttl & also back him in the transfer market in an attempt to spark an upturn next season #saintsfc @AdrianJKajumba— SaintsExtra (@SaintsExtra) May 25, 2022