The pressure is growing on Southampton manager Mark Hughes following the 6-1 thrashing against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with The Mirror reporting that if Saints fail to beat Watford at St Mary’s on Saturday then the 55-year-old will be sacked.
The south coast outfit have won just one of their 11 Premier League matches so far this season to leave them two places and one point above the relegation zone, while the Welshman has also failed to turn their horrendous home form around – they have won just one top flight match at St Mary’s in 2018.
The Mirror reports that Sam Allardyce and David Moyes are the two frontrunners to replace Hughes if the axe falls on him should his side not pick up three points against the Hornets this weekend.
Both were in Premier League jobs last season – at Everton and West Ham United respectively – and they led those teams away from relegation trouble.
Hopes were high when Hughes took charge of his first Southampton league match on March 31 against West Ham that he would go back to basics and pick up a positive result – especially at a time when the London Stadium faithful were far from happy and the Irons had lost three in a row in the top flight – but instead the south coast club were made to look stupid as they were easily beaten 3-0 by Moyes’ men with that scoreline being reached in the opening 45 minutes.
We decided to ask Saints fans to vote on our poll to see if they would be happy to see the Scot replace Hughes if he does get the sack, but a majority 73% said they wouldn’t, as you can see from the results below.