Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern will be jumping with joy after their side have all-but confirmed Premier League survival and will be looking towards next season in the top-flight.
The Saints defeated Swansea City in a crucial match on Tuesday which has given them a three-point gap between the two sides as they head into the final game of the campaign with a better goal difference.
The south-coast outfit looked dead and buried when Mark Hughes replaced Mauricio Pellegrino, however, the former Stoke City boss managed to get his team playing better and produced some positive results when it mattered.
The locals will have been delighted with the Welshman’s ability to keep them up, and the board appear to echo those thoughts, with the Daily Mail claiming that they have held preliminary talks with the manager about extending his stay, having been brought in until the end of the season.
Hughes is understood to be keen on a long-term future on the south coast after being impressed with their set-up, though would reportedly want assurances over a summer budget to avoid another relegation battle next season.
The Saints fans in the Tavern will be delighted that their team is in a strong position to be remaining in the Premier League and will be looking for the club to tie down Hughes to a long-term deal.
The 54-year-old is expected to be rewarded for his efforts on keeping the club in the top-flight and is thought to have been so impressed with the structure, that he would have stayed on if they had gone down to the Championship.
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