With relegation from the Premier League having been a strong possibility under Mauricio Pellegrino, Southampton sacked the Argentinian coach back in March and quickly moved to replace him with the experienced Mark Hughes.
And having spent time at St. Mary’s as a player, Hughes’ arrival was a welcome one.
Welcome back ! pic.twitter.com/rkGrJdjVzk
— Mark Duffin (@alwaysasaint77) March 14, 2018
Good luck Sparky, welcome to the Saints family pic.twitter.com/L79IxJfBTF
— Art68 (@ArthurCogger) March 14, 2018
— Scott Winter (@ScottWSFC) March 14, 2018
Welcome Sparky! Now lets create a bit of positivity and get behind the bloke!! #saintsfc
— mighty_SAINTS (@mighty_saints) March 14, 2018
— Kevin Clements (@Kevin_Clements) March 14, 2018
Welcome back to Southampton Mark! we are 100% behind you and believe you’re the right man to give us the best chance to avoid the drop. Keep us up and you will be an instant legend.
— Richard (@richargr001) March 14, 2018
Good appointment proven track record with plenty of experience to keep us up. Uts #saintsfc
— cam (@camsfc) March 14, 2018
Things, though, have since turned sour despite Hughes managing to steer the Saints away from relegation last season, and it would not be a surprise to see the Welshman suffer the same fate as his predecessor.
This campaign, Southampton find themselves in 16th place in the Premier League table having taken just five points from eight games and are only two points above the relegation zone.
Poor results against the likes of Wolves, Brighton and Crystal Palace — games Southampton should be winning with their quality — are why the south coast club are in this predicament.
But as well as that, under Hughes, performances in general have not been good enough while the team have thrown away winning positions on more than one occasion in a very weak manner since their current boss was installed in the St. Mary’s dugout.
With it still being relatively early in the Premier League, there is plenty of time for Southampton to turn things around and the club certainly have the players to do so.
However, it is hard to see how they progress with a manager such as Hughes, especially considering the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman were once in charge.
In contrast to the Tottenham manager and Netherlands boss, Hughes does not look like he has any sort of vision for the team — and that should worry Southampton supporters.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!