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Mark Hughes on brink of stunning return to management by taking Southampton job after Mauricio Pellegrino sacking... and first up is FA Cup bid to reach Wembley

  • Mark Hughes is on the brink of becoming Southampton's new manager
  • Saints have moved quickly after sacking Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday
  • The former Stoke boss will be given the task of keeping them in Premier League
  • Hughes' first game would be a quarter-final match against Wigan in the FA Cup

Mark Hughes is set to become the new manager of Southampton.

Hughes, who played 52 games for the club at the end of his distinguished playing career, is hoping to be given the job of keeping them in the Premier League.

Southampton moved quickly to approach out of work Hughes to replace axed Mauricio Pellegrino who lost his job on Monday. 

Mark Hughes set to become Southampton's new manager after Mauricio Pellegrino is sacked

Mark Hughes set to become Southampton's new manager after Mauricio Pellegrino is sacked

Hughes played for Saints towards the end of his career making over 50 appearances

Hughes played for Saints towards the end of his career making over 50 appearances

MARK HUGHES' MANAGERIAL CV 

Wales: 1999-2004

Blackburn Rovers: 2004-2008

Manchester City: 2008-2009

Fulham: 2010-2011

QPR: 2012

Stoke: 2013-2018 

Sacked by Stoke, Hughes was waiting for the right opportunity to return. 

Hughes only managed to win five out of 22 games, leaving the Potters in the relegation places.

Speaking before his sacking, Hughes said: ‘It is frustrating that the same things are recurring. We need to take in information better than we are.

'We need to recognise situations. We are not where we need to be. Lots of injuries are clearly a factor. We are a little bit too easy to score against and that’s not a good recipe.’ 

At Southampton, Hughes is expected to be joined by his management staff Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki. The final details are being thrashed out in the next few hours.

His first game could be the FA Cup quarter-final away to Wigan on Sunday. Wigan have already beaten Premier League opposition West Ham and Manchester City.

Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked as boss on Monday afternoon following a poor run of results

Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked as boss on Monday afternoon following a poor run of results

In the league, Southampton are one point above the relegation zone after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle on Saturday.  

The former Manchester United striker managed his country at the start of his managerial career before moving on to Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers.

Hughes seriously considered taking over the Saints role back in 2004 before Paul Sturrock eventually replaced Gordon Strachan. 

Former Watford boss Marco Silva is also being considered for the position. 

SOUTHAMPTON'S REMAINING FIXTURES AND LEAGUE POSITION

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 






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Mark Hughes at Southampton

In 1998, Hughes signed by Dave Jones for the south coach side for £650,000 as a replacement for David Hirst.

The prolific striker failed to replicate his goalscoring prowess from his United days netting just twice during his time at Saints which eventually meant he was pushed back into midfield where he helped Jones maintain their status in the Premier League.

Both of Hughes' goals at Southampton came against Blackburn and Newcastle, with the latter being remembered for a fantastic volley at the Dell in August 1999.

The striker also struggled with disciplinary issues and managed to rack up 14 yellow cards during his first season at Southampton, a tally that hasn't been reached in the Premier League since. 

Following the arrival of manager Glenn Hoddle, Hughes' time at Southampton ended as he moved on to Everton in March 2000.

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