Southampton have officially confirmed that Mark Hughes has been sacked as the club’s manager.
The Saints are currently 18th in the Premier League table – in the relegation zone – and have just nine points, and one win, to their name so far.
Having steered the south coast club clear of the drop last time out, Hughes looked more likely to guide them into even greater trouble this season.
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The club have almost certainly made the right call in parting company with the Welshman, but who they’ll replace him with remains something of a mystery.
Of the managers currently without a club, the most likely candidates include: Quique Sanchez Flores, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes, Peter Bosz, Slavisa Jokanovic, Alan Pardew, Steve Bruce, Paulo Sousa and Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Allardyce, Moyes and Pardew are all experienced Premier League managers with a reputation for keeping embattled clubs in the division. Jokanovic, Sanchez Flores and Sousa have all experienced English football before, and may feel they still have a point to prove on these shores.
Bosz and Hasenhuttl both represent ambitious targets for the Saints, and bringing either of these renowned coaches to St Mary’s Stadium would be a major coup. The 6ft 3in tall Hasenhuttl, who impressed in his reign at Leipzig, ought to be Southampton’s top target.
What do you think, Saints fans – of the available managers listed below, who would be your preferred choice to take over from Hughes?