Southampton have sacked Mark Hughes after eight months in charge, with one win in 14 Premier League games this season. They drew with Manchester United on Saturday, and are 18th in the table.
The draw against Manchester United means that Hughes had won just five of his 27 matches in charge of Southampton.
The Welshman replaced Mauricio Pellegrino in March and successfully steered Southampton to Premier League survival. Southampton announced in a statement: “Assistant First Team Manager Mark Bowen and Assistant First Team Coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club. “We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary’s. ‘The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already under way. ‘First Team Assistant Coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.’
Ex-QPR, Swansea and Leicester manager Paulo Sousa was linked with the job on a permanent basis last week. But BBC Sports reported that “former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl” could take over the job, having been “out of work since leaving Leipzig in May.”
According to Metro “Hughes becomes the second high-profile departure from Southampton, following the sacking of former Head of Football Development and Support, Les Reed three weeks ago.” Also he is the second second Premier League manager to be sacked this season after Slavisa Jokanovic got dismissed last month by Fulham.