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Introducing: The ideal Mark Hughes replacement for Southampton, Frank de Boer

Introducing: The ideal Mark Hughes replacement for Southampton, Frank de Boer

The 2018/19 Premier League season has not been a good one for Southampton and not just because of their string of poor results.

Under Mark Hughes, the football has been dire at times to say the least, especially compared to what was on show when Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman were in the St. Mary’s dugout.

Simply put, change is needed and is probably inevitable. And when that time comes, Southampton would do well to at least consider Frank de Boer as a potential successor to Hughes.

Given de Boer’s dreadful and short stint as Crystal Palace boss, any potential appointment would be a gamble and one that supporters may not entirely back.

And from a club’s perspective, should the team find themselves in a relegation battle by the time Hughes is given the boot — if things, of course, materialise in such a way — then a name like Sam Allardyce would be a much safer bet.

Looking at the bigger picture, though, Southampton could do with a coach of de Boer’s profile given how things have gone with Hughes and Claude Puel and the success of Pochettino and Koeman.

The 48-year-old can deliver a brand of football similar to what the last two mentioned names employed during their time at St. Mary’s. Like the duo, de Boer is keen for his side to play out of defence, retain possession and press high up the pitch, characteristics fans want to see.

And considering the players Southampton have compared to Crystal Palace, players who are technically better, de Boer should have a much easier time when it comes to implementing the above.

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