Southampton sack Mark Hughes on Monday morning
Mark Hughes has been sacked by Southampton.
It took until mid-November for the first Premier League sacking but with the busy festive period of matches approaching, things appear to be hotting up, with now two in just over a fortnight.
Ranieri replaced the first sacked manager, Jokanovic, and indeed it was probably his first match in charge that sealed the fate of Mark Hughes.
An end to end game which saw Southampton take the lead, eventually ended 3-2 to Fulham.
The timing appearing a little strange though as the Saints got what looks a credible 2-2 draw with Man Utd at the weekend.
However, they were leading 2-0 and after making it 10 Premier League games without a win, it leaves them in 18th, only one point off the bottom.
This is Hughes’ second sacking of the calendar year, having been given the push by Stoke after setting them on the way to relegation last season.
He almost completed a rare double by helping to take down two PL clubs in the same season but seven points from their last four matches, saw Southampton survive in fourth bottom.
There won’t be much sympathy from Newcastle fans, especially older fans who will remember how hated he was as a player for the likes of Man Utd and Chelsea.
Interesting to see who Southampton go for and whether they get a positive bounce.
They are making a habit of sacking managers and their next boss will be the fifth they have had in under three years, which coincides also with the time period Rafa Benitez has been at Newcastle United.
Official Southampton Statement:
Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes.
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.
By this time last season, five PL managers had gone – de Boer (Palace), Shakespeare (Leicester), Koeman (Everton), Bilic (West Ham) and Pulis (West Brom).
By the end of January (2018) it was already eight in total, with Clement (Swansea), Hughes (Stoke) and Silva (Watford) joining them.
The final total was eventually 10 PL bosses to leave mid-season, with Pellegrino (Southampton) and Pardew (West Brom) completing the list.
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