Southampton and England left-back Luke Shaw is reported to have “reacted furiously” to the news that two of the Saints’ most respected academy coaches, Jason Dodd and Paul Williams, have been sacked for not spending enough time with the players.
The 18-year-old, who has been strongly linked with Chelsea in the past but is believed to be on the brink of securing a £30m summer transfer to Manchester United, was angered by Southampton’s decision to fire the two men largely responsible for overseeing his development in the club’s famed academy at St Mary’s, according to the Daily Mail.
As well as equipping Shaw with the attributes to become a star for both club and country, Dodd and Williams also played a key role in bringing through the likes of Calum Chambers, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Reed and Sam Gallagher.
It’s reported that both staff and players reacted with “disbelief” at the news. A summer of uncertainty threatens to undo off of Southampton’s fine work from the last couple of years, with several key players poised to leave the south-coast club and highly-rated manager Mauricio Pochettino also considering his future.
Shaw looked certain to move to Old Trafford before the news broke, but this latest development will have convinced the young full-back that his future lies away from the club where he has spent the last 10 years.
On Tuesday morning, he posted the following message on Twitter: “Gutted for doddsy and Willo, helped me a lot in my development over the years, wish them all the best in their carers (sic)”.