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Southampton appoints former Stoke City boss Mark Hughes till end of the season

Southampton appoints former Stoke City boss Mark Hughes till end of the season.
The former Stoke boss replaces Mauricio Pellegrino who was sacked after only one win in 17 league games.

Southampton currently reside just outside the drop zone, one point away from the bottom three and Hughes will have eight games to keep his new side afloat.
Hughes played 60 times for Southampton and joins the club on a short term deal until the end of the season.

The 57-year-old told the club’s website: ‘It’s a challenge I’m excited by. It’s a great opportunity to come back to a club I know well, and a club I’ve got real affinity with, and I couldn’t turn that down.

MARK HUGHES’ MANAGERIAL CV
Wales: 1999-2004

Blackburn Rovers: 2004-2008

Manchester City: 2008-2009

Fulham: 2010-2011

QPR: 2012

Stoke: 2013-2018.

‘I bring experience of the Premier League.

‘I understand what it takes in this league to win games.
But first and foremost I think it’s about coming in and maybe being that different voice, that different message from myself and the staff, that will enable the players to recognise and focus on what needs to be done in this key period of the season.

‘The objective clearly is to remain in the league and make sure we’re a Premier League club next year.

‘That’s where this club needs to be, that’s where it should be, and that’s our intention to make sure it remains there,’ he concluded.

SOUTHAMPTON REMAINING FIXTURES

Wigan (FA Cup): Sunday 18 March

West Ham (A): Saturday 31 March

Arsenal (A): Monday 9 April

Chelsea (H): Saturday 14 April

Leicester (A): Saturday 21 April

Bournemouth (H): Saturday 28 April

Everton (A): Saturday 5 May

Manchester City (H): Sunday 13 May

Swansea (A): Date TBA.

Hughes will be joined by his trusted lieutenants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki at St Mary’s. They will be joined by existing staff assistant coach Kelvin Davis, head of goalkeeping Dave Watson and head of sports science Alek Gross.

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