MARK HUGHES is the front-runner for the Southampton job, in keeping with reviews.
Mauricio Pellegrino was fired on Monday after a disastrous run of outcomes that noticed the Saints drop some extent above the relegation zone.
In a departure from latest coverage, the Southampton high brass a determined to land a supervisor with Premier League expertise to information them to security with eight video games to go, declare the Telegraph.
Hughes, 54, has been out of labor since his dismissal from Stoke in January and the Premier League strugglers are hoping the Welshman can have a direct influence on a squad low on confidence.
Earlier than his 5 years at Stoke, Hughes was in control of Wales, Manchester Metropolis, Blackburn, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.
Solely Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson, Harry Redknapp, David Moyes and Sam Allardyce have managed extra Premier League video games than Hughes.
Hughes spent two years as a Saints participant within the twilight of his profession earlier than the transfer to St Marys’ and was within the combine to exchange Gordon Strachan in 2004.
The South Coast facet had been had already been planning for all times after Pellegrino however on the similar time hoped some drawn video games might ultimately be changed into wins to flee the drop.
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However the Saturday’s shambles at Newcastle was the ultimate straw and Pellegrino was sacked.
Former Hull Metropolis and Watford supervisor Marco Silva has been closely linked with the job however just isn’t understood to be in consideration.
Former West Ham United supervisor Slaven Bilic can be eager on returning again to the Premier League however just isn’t excessive on the fast shortlist.
Regardless of grumbles of discontent about Hughes from some Saints followers, membership legend Matt Le Tissier insists the previous Stoke boss has the expertise to show issues round.
Le Tissier stated on talkSPORT: “There are all types of managers talked about, Mark Hughes has loads of Premier League expertise and I feel that can depend in his favour.
“So far as the state of affairs we’re in in the intervening time, I feel it is smart to go along with somebody who has Premier League expertise – who doesn’t must get to know a brand new set of gamers.
“Marco Silva had a very good influence at golf equipment within the first second he went there.
“There are many names being bandied about, however on the finish of the day it’s all the way down to the board to determine who they assume is finest, not only for these eight video games, however I’d wish to assume they made an appointment that could be a little bit extra long run than that.”