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Mark Hughes Fired After Just 8 Months At Southampton

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Mark Hughes has been dismissed after just 8 months at the south-coast club. His dismissal has brought a sense of crisis to the struggling club. It comes just a month after vice chairman Les Reed and technical director Martin Hunter were also dismissed by the club. Southampton currently sits in the relegation zone, third from the bottom of the table. 

Most recently, fans saw their Saints cough up a two goal lead at home against Manchester United, giving them a Premier League low 1 win in 14 matches. Hughes managed to keep Southampton from the drop last season after joining in March, but has failed to make any impression this season. Under Hughes, the Saints only have 5 wins out of 27 matches played in all competitions.

Assistant coach Kelvin Davis is expected to take control of the team until Wednesday. A replacement head coach is thought to be named before the weekend set of matches. Southampton is reportedly looking for a coach for the future instead of a “firefighter” which is what Mark Hughes was. 

The club has also struggled because of the big money sales that the club has failed to replace in recent years. Virgil van Dijk, Toby Alderweireld, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Victor Wanyama, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw are among the players who have been sold since 2014. Southampton boasts one of the best academies in England, but their poor recruitment strategy might have finally caught up with them. Southampton was the sixth Premier League club that Hughes has coached. In January, he was fired by Stoke, who ended up getting relegated.

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