Hasenhuttl in place for Cardiff bow
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.