David Moyes the bookies’ favourite for Southampton job if Mark Hughes is sacked

According to online bookmaker Paddy Power, David Moyes is the current favourite to replace under-pressure Southampton manager Mark Hughes.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Welshman is coming under scrutiny from Saints supporters – and surely the board as well – following a disappointing start to the campaign in which they have won just one of their 11 Premier League fixtures.

The 55-year-old has probably been shown a little more patience because he saved the club from relegation last season and of course used to play for them, but Sunday’s 6-1 thrashing against Manchester City hardly helped his cause on the back of a goalless draw at home to struggling Newcastle United.

Paddy Power have already opened up a market on the potential new Saints manager with Hughes surely on the brink ahead of a visit to St Mary’s from Watford on Saturday, and they believe Moyes is leading the way ahead of other names such as Sam Allardyce and Martin O’Neill.

Would he be a good appointment?

In the short-term he potentially could be given he has 204 Premier League wins under his belt, but it’s unlikely that his appointment would go down well with supporters of the south coast outfit given his ultimate failure at Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham United following his success with Everton previously.

While Moyes did get some good results and brought the best out of Marko Arnautovic for the Hammers last term, his football was hardly inspiring and Irons fans weren’t too upset to see him leave at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

The last thing Southampton need right now is another uninspiring managerial appointment if they do decide to wield the axe on Hughes, and they should take a punt on a young, up-and-coming boss instead who is known for playing a more exciting brand of football instead to try and finally give the St Mary’s crowd something to get excited about.

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