Saturday, November 16, 2019

Southampton sack Mark Hughes

Southampton have confirmed the sacking of Mark Hughes with the club struggling at 18th in the Premier League table.

Hughes, who signed a three-year contract in May, won just five of his 27 games in charge at St. Mary’s and leaves following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

Kelvin Davis will take charge of Wednesday’s game at Tottenham as assistant manager Mark Bowen and coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.

Southampton said in a statement the search for Hughes’ replacement is already underway, with former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and David Moyes among the top names in the shortlist.

The latest managerial casualty in the Premier League, the former Stoke and Manchester City boss helped guide Southampton to Premier League survival last season after joining in March on a short-term deal, before extending that at the end of the campaign.

Nonetheless, he has been unable to steer the club further away from the relegation zone this campaign, having won just once in 14 Premier League games.

Southampton reached the FA Cup semifinals last year — their furthest run in the competition since 2003 when they reached the final — after Hughes took charge at the quarterfinal stage, but were beaten 2-0 by eventual winners Chelsea.

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