Southampton are struggling in the Premier League under Mark Hughes, but that does not seem to cloud the board’s judgment who still see the Welshman as the right man for the job.
The Saints sit just a goal outside the relegation zone after a torrid start to the season in which they have failed to score enough goals – just eight in 12 Premier League games – and keep the opposition out – the Saints have also conceded 21 times – which has resulted in just one win and eight points.
Fellow lowly club Fulham, meanwhile, have been proactive in a search for a change of fortunes as the club sits rock-bottom of the league on five points.
Like Southampton, the Cottagers had won just once heading into the November internationals but a worse defensive record saw Slavisa Jokanovic’s side concede a league-high 31 times.
From dazzling in the Championship with great attacking football to just one win in 12 led Fulham’s owner Shahid Khan to fire the manager as he brought in the ‘tinkerman’ Claudio Ranieri.
The Italian’s first game in charge of the London side? Yes, it’s against Southampton on November 24 and the Saints may find themselves in the bottom three with a defeat.
Southampton fans have been reacting to the change in leadership at Craven Cottage as the news brought a lot of home truths for the Saints…
— Glenn Jones (@MrGlennJones) November 14, 2018
— Tim Marshall (@timjmarshall) November 14, 2018
— Thomas (@tsedge) November 14, 2018
Really would love #saintsfc to be proactive & appoint Jokanovic to replace Hughes. He’s a better manager than Fulham’s league position suggests. Had #FFC playing some lovely football and wouldn’t be a ‘yes man’ to the board – the reason it won’t happen
— Arthur Fane (@ArthurFane) November 14, 2018
What’s worse is I think Ranieri would have been a solid replacement for Hughes at #saintsfc, think we’ve genuinely missed out there. Then again, I think Jokanovic would be a good match for us at St Mary’s too, had Fulham playing some lovely football and would fit our system well
— Chris Auckland (@ChrisAuckland) November 14, 2018
#FFC decision to sack their manager shows desire and ambition to improve and proves there is no room for sentiment in football, maybe Ralph Krueger should pay attention. Mark Hughes done well to keep us up, but isn’t the man for the long term. #SaintsFC
— Andrew (@andrew_saintsfc) November 14, 2018
while @SouthamptonFC decide to stick with the inept failing Mark Hughes Fulham are proactive appointing Ranieri. at the beginning of the international break to give him time to acclimatise to the club.our first game after the break,away at Fulham. And its a huge game. #SaintsFC
— David Comlay ? (@DavidComlay) November 14, 2018
— Saints Mike (@Saints_Mike7167) November 14, 2018