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Hasen­huttl in place for Cardiff bow

- Sports · Soccer · Southampton F.C. · Southampton · Watford F.C. · Watford · Manchester United F.C. · Ajax Cape Town F.C. · Tottenham Hotspur Football Club · Quique Sanchez Flores · Paulo Sousa · Mauricio Pellegrino · Ralph Krueger · Manchester · Kelvin Davis

ad­vanced stage. Hasen­huttl is out of work hav­ing left the Bun­desliga club at the end of last sea­son, and Southamp­ton are keen not to pay com­pen­sa­tion. For­mer Wat­ford boss Quique Sanchez Flores and Paulo Sousa were also sounded out. Southamp­ton, who are third from bot­tom, acted swiftly, be­liev­ing they made a mis­take in not sack­ing pre­vi­ous boss Mauri­cio Pel­le­grino far ear­lier than March last sea­son. The club were con­vinced Hughes was un­der-achiev­ing and he was called to chair­man Ralph Krueger’s of­fice to be told of his sack­ing. Hughes, it is un­der­stood, had an idea he was in line for the axe ahead of Satur­day’s 2-2 draw against Manch­ester United af­ter hear­ing the club had al­ready met can­di­dates. Yet just days ear­lier, it had been in­ti­mated that Hughes would be of­fered time to turn things round, with talks about the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow. Hughes had reser­va­tions about the club’s sum­mer busi­ness — es­pe­cially the sale of Du­san Tadic to Ajax, Chi­nese owner Gao Jisheng’s fears about the threat of rel­e­ga­tion brought about his dis­missal. Kelvin Davis will take charge of the team for the game at Tot­ten­ham to­mor­row, but Hasen­huttl is ex­pected to be in charge for the cru­cial clash at Cardiff this week­end.

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