Southamp­ton sack Hughes

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS -

Mark Hughes was fired af­ter eight months as man­ager of English Premier League strug­glers Southamp­ton yesterday, adding to the sense of cri­sis on and off the field at the be­lea­guered south-coast club.

Hughes’ de­par­ture came less than a month af­ter Southamp­ton parted com­pany with vice chair­man Les Reed and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Martin Hunter, cit­ing the need for new di­rec­tion to a team in dan­ger of slip­ping out of the lu­cra­tive di­vi­sion.

Southamp­ton are third-to-last in the stand­ings, with a Premier League-low one win from their first 14 matches. The fi­nal game of Hughes’ un­der­whelm­ing ten­ure was a 2-2 home draw against Manch­ester United on Satur­day, dur­ing which Southamp­ton squan­dered a two-goal lead.

AP

Liver­pool mid­fielder Xher­dan Shaqiri (left) and Ever­ton mid­fielder Bernard fight fo the ball dur­ing the Mersey­side Derby in the English Premier League at An­field Stadium in Liver­pool, Eng­land on Sun­day.

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