Southampton sack Mark Hughes

Author: BBC
Mark Hughes, sacked

 Southampton  has sacked their manager Mark Hughes after only eight months in charge of the club

First-team assistant coach, Kelvin Davis, will take charge of the team for their game against Tottenham on Wednesday

The Saints, who drew with Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, are 18th in the English Premier League table.

Southampton confirmed the move in a statement, adding: "The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already under way."

Sources close to BBC Sport indicated that Southampton were set to approach former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl to take charge of the club . The 51-year-old Austrian has been out of work since leaving Leipzig in May.

Hughes joined Southampton in March, two months after  he was sacked by Stoke City.

The club were one point above the relegation zone at the time, and the 55-year-old led them to safety last season by securing two wins from their last four games.

However, they have struggled again this season and, across his spell, have won just three of their 22 league games.

Before the draw against Manchester United, Southampton were beaten 3-2 by relegation rivals Fulham and knocked out of the EFL Cup on penalties by Leicester.

Along with Hughes, assistant first-team manager Mark Bowen and coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.