Pressure on Hughes as Southampton sack Reed
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.