Southampton have sacked Mark Hughes, just eight months after handing the Welshman a three-year deal.
Hughes joined in March when the Saints were in 17th place, following the dismissal of Mauricio Pellegrino.
The second change of leadership inside 12 months is also the fourth over the past two years, after Claude Puel was fired and Ronald Koeman stepped away from the dugout.
Even during a disastrous season under Pellegrino, the Saints put more points on the board – with the Argentinean departing on a 23.53% win percentage after eight wins in 34.
Hughes, on the other hand, won just five games – 22.73% of his 22 matches – and has been relieved of command with the St Mary’s outfit inside the bottom three.
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One win in 14 games this season, the lowest of any Premier League side, proved to be cause for dismissal on the south coast, yet some fans have remained thankful for the 55-year-old’s efforts, especially in securing their Premier League survival last term.
Some of their gratitude has foundations, too, with Southampton actually holding one of the most creative line-ups in the league – taking the third most shots per game – although a lack of goals and not holding on to leads has cost them several points.
Here are a few Tweets from Southampton fans grateful to their now former boss…
Thanks for keeping us up Mark, and constantly getting 110% out of the players. Just clear to see your tactics have ran its course in today’s modern game! #saintsfc
— Char ??????? (@WhitemoreC) December 3, 2018
Thank you Mark for keeping us up and trying your best with these group of players… ?
— Jacob Tanswell (@J_Tanswell) December 3, 2018
Feel sorry for Mark Hughes, he didn’t get to buy his own players in the summer and had the chaos at board level to deal with, as well as a pretty average squad. #SaintsFC
— Stuart Jones (@StuartJones7) December 3, 2018
Feel a bit sorry for Hughes, did his job last season, I still believe the club is rotten from top to bottom and this is down to the ownership. We could have Pep in charge and he’d struggle. #saintsfc
— Matt Dettmer (@dettmer93) December 3, 2018
Thank you for keeping us up last season Hughes, this season just wasn’t good enough..
— Rhys ⚽ (@RhysTheSaint) December 3, 2018
Thanks for keeping us up ?
— Tanmay (@foreversaint__) December 3, 2018
Mark thank you for what you did last year
— kirsty✨ (@ItsKirstyyy) December 3, 2018
Thanks for keeping us up last season Sparky, pleased to see Super Kel in charge for Wednesday…..
— Mark Plant (@MarkPlant) December 3, 2018
Must admit, I don’t get the timing. Seems daft doing that after a reasonable 2-2 draw with Man Utd and not the 3-2 defeat to Fulham. Sparky deserves thanks for keeping us up last season after that other muppet took us to the brink. Let’s hope for something positive.
— Kev Smith (@kevmsmith81) December 3, 2018
Thank you Mark what have you done last year, but sorry for this ? season so far. #SaintsFC
— Wiesel (@Wiesel_11) December 3, 2018