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Southampton relieve manager Hughes

Mark Hughes as coach of Southampton sacked after disappointing results

The Saints won this season only one time, and with nine points in a disappointing eighteenth place. Only Burnley (nine points) and Fulham (eight) do worse.

Hughes, himself a former player of Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Chelsea, was in march appointed by Southampton as successor to the sacked coach Mauricio Pellegrino. The Dutch boss has managed in the nick of time in the squad of defender Wesley Hoedt in the Premier League. As a reward, his expiring contract in the summer with a three-year extension.

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Southampton bid farewell to Dusan Tadic, who is at Ajax returned to the Premier league, but Hughes got himself barely reinforcements. His team lost last week first the degradatieduel with Fulham (3-2) and was then in the League Cup via a penalty shoot-out turned off by Leicester City. In the home game against Manchester United gave Southampton Saturday, a lead of 2-0 off your hands (2-2). For the clubleiding was that a reason for Hughes to send away. His assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki to leave also.

Kelvin Davis remains at the club. The assistant coach is on Wednesday at Wembley as a responsible person on the bench in the away game against Tottenham Hotspur. The clubleiding hopes as soon as possible a new manager.

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Hughes is the second fired coach this season in England. Last month had to Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham making way for Claudio Ranieri.

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