When Mark Hughes took over Southampton in March this year, The Saints were in a terrible position. The club were one point above the relegation zone, and staring down the barrel of a season in the Championship.
The Welshman was able to stave off relegation for the south coast club, and in doing so was awarded a three year contract at St Mary’s.
But the question remains as to whether Hughes is the right man for the job or not. Of course he managed to save the club from relegation, but they weren’t actually in the relegation zone when he took over. In fact, he didn’t get them any higher than they were in the table.
Other managers last term did a similar job to Huges- taking over a team in a dire position- such as David Moyes at West Ham and Sam Allardyce at Everton, but neither were rewarded with contracts at the end of it.
Basically, there is a place for the likes of Allardyce- and perhaps Moyes now- and Hughes may be more comfortable in the role as a ‘rescue-job’ manager rather than one who can actually take a team forward.
This season will be the defining one for Hughes, where he can prove that he is a visionary of a manager that can turn a team into a successful outfit. The Saints currently sit in 14th place in the Premier League with one win from six games, so the jury is still out on Hughes.