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Southampton sack manager Mark Hughes after Manchester United draw as he leaves the club in Premier League relegation zone

Mark Hughes has been sacked by Southampton after just one win in their opening 14 games of the Premier League season.

The Saints have slipped into the relegation zone and dropped a two-goal lead against Manchester United on Saturday.

Assistant first team manager Mark Bowen and assistant first team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left.

Mark Hughes has been sacked by Southampton after just three wins in 22 league games.

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Kelvin Davis will take charge of Wednesday’s game against Tottenham.

In a statement the Premier League strugglers announced: ‘We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary’s,’ a statement read.

‘The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already under way.’

Hughes took over at St Mary’s last March and guided them to Premier League survival after a win over Swansea in the final week of the season.

He also took them to an FA Cup semi-final, where they were beaten by Chelsea, but was unable to inspire a better campaign this time around.

The Saints currently reside in the bottom three after 14 games, of which they have won only one and lost seven.

Hughes, who played for the club in the late 1990s, leaves the club following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

They were leading that game 2-0 after just 20 minutes, only to be pegged back by half-time.

During Hughes’ tenure they dropped 20 points from winning positions, while only scoring 12 in 14 games so far in 2018-19.

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