Prospective Southampton boss Mark Hughes won’t meet new players until Thursday

According to reports in the Daily Echo, Mark Hughes is expected to be appointed as the new Southampton manager on Wednesday, but the players won’t meet him until Thursday as they are on a scheduled day off ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final clash against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

The south coast outfit sacked Mauricio Pellegrino following a run of just one win in 17 Premier League matches that has left the club just one point above the relegation zone with eight matches left to play this season, with three of those against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Now it appears as though Hughes, who was sacked by Stoke in January following a poor season, is going to be the man to succeed Pellegrino, even though some fans wanted an ambitious move for Carlo Ancelotti, having also played for Saints in the late ’90s.

The Telegraph report that the 54-year-old will only initially be given a contract until the end of the season to try and keep the club up, which would possibly be extended if he manages to keep them in the top flight.

The final straw for Pellegrino and the board came as Southampton were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by relegation rivals Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday, with many of the players looking as though they had given up.