Ex-Wales striker and manager Mark Hughes has been axed by Southampton

Hughes Sacked By Southampton Just Days Before Crunch Clash With Cardiff

Mark Hughes will not be returning to Cardiff City on Saturday after he was sacked as Southampton manager after just eight months in charge.

The ex-Wales international and manager was due to lead the Saints in a vital battle near the foot of the Premier League until his reign was ended on Monday.

Southampton have put first-team assistant coach Kelvin Davies in charge for Wednesday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur and he is likely to manage the team against the Bluebirds if a replacement has not been found.

The Saints, who drew with Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, are 18th in the table with nine points – two points behind 16th placed City.

“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already under way,” said Southampton in a statement.

Hughes, who also played for the south club club during his career, took over in March with Southampton then one point above the relegation zone.

The 55-year-old led them to safety after they won two of their last four games.

But they have struggled this season and following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United when they let a two goal lead slip the axe has come.

Hughes has gone along with regular back-room staffers assistant first-team manager Mark Bowen and coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.

 

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