Southampton’s official Twitter account wished manager Mark Hughes a happy 55th birthday on Thursday, and Saints fans who are anything but happy right now were quick to react.
The Welshman may have been celebrating on Thursday, but he is coming under real pressure from the St Mary’s faithful right now with the south coast outfit lying in 16th position in the Premier League standings having won just one of their opening 10 top-flight fixtures this term – including the 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Newcastle United last time out.
Five matches without a goal is hardly the form you want going into a clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, and if results go against them this weekend they could easily find themselves in the bottom three.
Southampton supporters took to social media to have their say on the birthday message to their boss, and while one said “please leave the club”, another simply said “get rid”.
Mark mark mark, i'd give you the best present if i was a owner…
The sack! Nice enough man have no idea though!
— Danny😇 (@saintdandy12) November 1, 2018
— Sam Potter (@SamPotter10) November 1, 2018
Happy birthday now please leave the club. Thanks
— Tommy (@we8pompey84) November 1, 2018
You can now legally take early retirement many happy returns from a disillusioned fan
— Chris ODonnell (@ChrisOD301267) November 1, 2018
— Rembrandt (@mukhtarmyusuf) November 1, 2018
— Sammy B (@sammysfcb) November 1, 2018