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Southampton sack coaches Williams, Dodd in shock move

Academy coaches Jason Dodd and Paul Williams have been dumped by Southampton in a shock move.

The Daily Mail says Dodd and Williams are credited with bringing through Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Reed and Sam Gallagher through the club's highly-regarded academy.

The pair have been called in and fired, despite being responsible for a number of top class young England internationals graduating straight from the academy to the first team under their guidance.

Dodd, who made nearly 400 appearances for Southampton, has been left stunned by the decision to fire him.

Williams, who was a member of Southampton's FA Cup final squad against Arsenal in 2003, has also been dismissed.

The pair were called into the club on Monday and told of their fate by interim academy director Matt Hale.

It's understood that the pair were told they did not spend enough time with the Under-16 squad and that their relationship with another coach, Martin Hunter, was not healthy.

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