Southampton sack Mark Hughes after slow start to season

Southampton have sacked manager Mark Hughes, the club confirmed on Monday afternoon.

Hughes leaves the club after winning just one of 14 matches so far this season.

“We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary’s,” a statement read. The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway.

“First team assistant coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.”

Hughes took over at St Mary’s last March and guided them to Premier League survival and an FA Cup semi-final but was unable to inspire a better campaign this time around. The Saints currently reside in the bottom three after 14 games, of which they have lost seven.

Hughes, who played for Southampton in the late 1990s, leaves the club following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

Davies, who played over 300 times for the club, will lead them into a difficult encounter at Wembley on Wednesday with Southampton 18th in the Premier League, just a point off the bottom.

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