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Mark Hughes has this morning become the second Premier League manager to lose his job. He’s been sacked by Southampton after a run of ten league games without a win and after eight and a half months in charge that brought just three victories.

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Hughes went into 2018 as Stoke manager but his time was nearly up in the Potteries. They were in the bottom three in the league and, despite having been there for four and a half years during which they’d had their highest ever Premier League finishes, he was replaced by Paul Lambert who proved to be even worse and they were relegated after ten consecutive seasons in the top flight.

By then, Hughes had replaced Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton. They too looked as though they might go down but Hughes finally got his first two wins in charge, firstly in the penultimate home game of the season against Bournemouth and then, more significantly, in their last away game at Swansea when Manolo Gabbiadini scored the only goal in a 1-0 win to condemn Swansea to the drop.

He’d only been appointed until the end of the season but having escaped the drop he was given a new three year deal in the summer and kicked off the new season with a 0-0 draw against us at St. Mary’s. They are still to win at home this season with their only victory coming at Crystal Palace on 1st September.

They are currently in the bottom three, above us on goal difference, and Southampton have called time on him. He’s won three, drawn eight and lost thirteen of his Premier League games in charge.

Who will be next at Southampton? Apart from the likely names of David Moyes and Sam Allardyce, both Paolo Sousa and Quique Sanchez Flores are thought to be in the running although the immediate favourite is Austrian Ralph Hasenhüttl, the former Ingolstadt and RB Leipzig boss.

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