After losing a convincing 2-0 lead at home to Manchester United to draw 2-2, Southampton have decided to part ways with Mark Hughes. Leaving the club with nine points and in serious danger of relegation this season.
With their last win being a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on the 1st of September, since then Southampton have yet to win in 10 games. Having spent over £55 million this summer on new players to help boost their current squad none of them have yet to make a significant impact to Southampton’s fortunes.
Narrowly avoiding relegation last year finishing 17th, with a squad that consists of talented players such as Ryan Bertrand, Cedric and Charlie Austin. Mark Hughes has underachieved in getting the best out of his players and has given the club no choice but to look for an alternate solution.
Southampton now have to make an important choice, do they play it safe and hire an experienced coach that can help guarantee safety, such as Sam Allardyce or David Moyes? Or do they take a risk in hiring a coach with little Premier League experience such as Ralph Hasenhuttl that could potentially propel Southampton in becoming a stable Premier League team.
The current crop at Southampton is more than good enough to stay in the Premier League but it is crucial that the board pick a suitable candidate that can change their dilemma fast.
Southampton’s first game without Mark Hughes will be against Tottenham away from home with Kelvin Davis placed in temporary charge. A difficult start for the Saints to get back on track but with a change of leadership it could motivate them to march up the table.