Mark Hughes had an incredibly difficult job on his hands when he became Southampton manager in March.
The club’s previous coach Mauricio Pellegrino oversaw the Saints drift towards the relegation zone, and it was Hughes’s job to help them claw out of it.
It was a hugely tense evening at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night as the coastal club went head to head with Swansea City.
Both headed into the contest knowing that the winner would likely retain their Premier League status.
It was a tight affair, and there was only one goal in it, but it swung in Southampton’s favour.
Manolo Gabbiadini was the scorer as he struck in the 72nd minute to move the club out of the bottom three.
Southampton have all but secured safety in the top flight ahead of their final-day clash against champions Manchester City.
Amid the euphoria, supporters took to Twitter to urge the club to offer Hughes a new deal.
Come on #saintsfc. Get that contract ready for Mark Hughes to sign as soon as the final whistle is blown on Sunday. We know where the holes are in the squad so let's get them filled early this summer as well #saintsfc #WeMarchOn
— totallysaintsfc (@totallysaintsfc) May 9, 2018
Give Mark Hughes a contract asap. Don't sit around deliberating for two weeks. He's brought stability, passion and motivation back to the club in bucket loads. Keep the positive momentum going and get him signed up #saintsfc
— Sam Nickerson (@samnickerson) May 9, 2018
Can we keep Mark Hughes please?#saintsfc
— Kelly Morse (@sfckelly) May 9, 2018
Presuming we get rid of bad apples and build the squad around those who have pulled us out the mess, I'd be more than happy with Mark Hughes. We need safe pair of hands and we have the potential to build a better squad than he's had at other clubs. 2/2 #saintsfc
— Footy waffle (@footywaffle) May 9, 2018
Mark hughes a southampton legend is made saints that want it saints that done it hughes must stay #saintsfc
— Saintsfcnow (@Saintsfcnow1) May 9, 2018
Give Mark Hughes the job, he’s not Pep but to have got the players up for it after the disappointment at Everton he’s clearly doing something right #saintsfc
— Connor McDonnell (@connormc29) May 9, 2018
— Trousers (@Lord_Trousers) May 8, 2018
Fully deserved, now give Mark Hughes the contract he wants ! For Christ sake Kruger and Reed ! See some sense for once….no more dodgy foreign fancy-dans… don't try and be clever, see it how it is, reward him now, well ! #saintsfc
— Philip Gilliam (@GlasgowSaint) May 8, 2018