Pres­sure on Hughes as Southamp­ton sack Reed

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport / Football - By Jeremy Wil­son

Mark Hughes is un­der pres­sure to turn Southamp­ton’s sea­son around af­ter vicechair­man Les Reed, an ar­chi­tect of their Pre­mier League ten­ure, was sacked.

Although the po­si­tion of Hughes is not in im­mi­nent dan­ger, the exit of Reed re­flects a de­sire not to make the same per­ceived mis­takes of last sea­son by de­lay­ing ac­tion. The club yes­ter­day also dis­missed Martin Hunter, the tech­ni­cal direc­tor.

Southamp­ton be­came renowned fol­low­ing Reed’s ar­rival in 2010 for their in­spired re­cruit­ment but that touch has fal­tered. The club’s board feel that their league po­si­tion, 16th, with only one win, is not re­flec­tive of the squad’s qual­ity.

Hughes has a three-year con­tract and although he ac­knowl­edged that re­sults would have been part of the cat­a­lyst for Reed’s de­par­ture, does not feel that his po­si­tion will nec­es­sar­ily change.

“There’s still a lot of peo­ple here that felt I was the right man for the job – I don’t think my po­si­tion has been di­min­ished too much,” he said.

“The club be­lieves the time is right to take con­struc­tive ac­tion and make a change that will pro­vide new drive and di­rec­tion to our foot­ball op­er­a­tions team and en­able them to get re­sults back on track,” said a club state­ment.

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