Nathan Jones plays for 12th tier Cranborne just a week after Southampton axe and picks up injury after laying on assist

BORNE AGAIN NATHAN JONES played for 12th tier Cranborne just a week after being sacked as Southampton boss.

The Welshman was axed by the Saints after seven defeats in eight Prem matches at the helm.

Nathan Jones was sacked by Southampton
Jones, 49, received his marching orders following a 2-1 home loss to fellow strugglers Wolves.

A week on, he donned his boots again for Dorset Division One side Cranborne.

Jones even managed to grab an assist for Cranborne’s early opener, as they took on Wareham Rangers.

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His comeback didn’t last long, however, as he had to be replaced just six minutes later after suffering a calf injury.

The former top flight boss is claimed by The Daily Echo to be a good friends with one of Cranborne’s players.

So with his Saturdays free at the moment, he came down to help out.

Jones was sacked by Southampton just 94 days into a three-and-a-half year contract.

The Saints paid his former club Luton £4million for his services – while also having to fork out the rest of his £1.25m-a-year contract.

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This takes their total spending on the hiring and firing of Jones to a staggering £8.4m.

Southampton are now under the caretaker charge of Ruben Selles, after talks with ex-Leeds boss Jesse Marsch broke down.

Selles, 39, arrived as an assistant to Ralph Hasenhuttl last summer – but found his role reduced under Jones.

After masterminding a 1-0 win at Chelsea on Saturday, the Spaniard admitted that he would like the job full time.

He said: “I want to be the manager. And as you asked me three or four months ago, I think I’m capable of doing that just as any other manager.

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“But that is not my decision and that is okay for me. I just put everything I can and we are working really hard.

“Those are my skills and those in the club will make a decision, but of course, I will be more than happy to get the job.”

Ruben Selles wants the Southampton job full time

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