Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Southampton approach Mark Hughes for vacant managerial position, according to reports

Southampton approach Mark Hughes for vacant managerial position, according to reports

Southampton hope to have their new boss in place before facing Wigan on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

With eight matches left in the Premier League season, Southampton have made the decision to sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino after a awful run of form.

Hughes has been lined up to replace Mauricio Pellegrino, who was sacked by Southampton on Monday.

"There are all sorts of managers mentioned; Mark Hughes has a lot of Premier League experience and I think that will count in his favour".

Southampton sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday.

Premier League survival is the main aim but whoever takes over could well be just 180 minutes from leading Saints to a major cup final.

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Whilst Hughes' Stoke have tackled relegation in recent campaigns the 54-year-old received praise for bringing in creative, attacking players after Tony Pulis' reign. Hughes is sixth on the Premier League list for matches managed behind Arsène Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson, Harry Redknapp, David Moyes and Sam Allardyce.

A disastrous run of form that has seen the Saints win only one of their last 17 Premier League matches always appeared likely to end in Pellegrino's demise.

Given that the Saints only have eight league games to go then club legend, and caretaker, Kelvin Davis could well be an option until the end of the season.

"Sparky" will be expected to make his return to Southampton as a manager in the coming days, after spending two years from 1998 to 2000 with the Saints as a player. Marco Silva was strongly linked, but now I understand that Hughes has already had contact with the club.

"From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day, I tried to give back to the club and tried to represent the club with pride", the letter began.

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