Southampton are in serious trouble as their latest defeat leaves the south coast side in the bottom three.
A real six-pointer in November between Mark Hughes’ strugglers and Championship Play-Off winners Fulham went the way of the bottom-placed Cottagers on Saturday, as Claudio Ranieri won his first game in charge.
Fulham had been proactive in seeking a solution to one win from 12 – the same record Southampton held – and took the decision heading into the international break to sack Slavisa Jokanovic.
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One game and one win for Ranieri moved Fulham to level on points with Southampton as the season reaches the one-third stage – a worse goal-difference now the only separator.
Unfortunately for Saints fans, the board look set to give Hughes more time to turn things around. A recent report in the Telegraph suggests that while the clock may be ticking, club chiefs still back the ex-Wales international.
It is said that the St Mary’s board do not wish to make what will be a fourth managerial change since the summer of 2016 and Hughes’ three-year contract, signed at the end of last season, is a key factor in any decision.
These Southampton fans will certainly not be pleased and made it abundantly clear on Twitter how they feel about Hughes…
Why is there nothing on my feed about Hughes and his departure? He can’t still be our manager, surely. #saintsfc
— Bonaventura (@HaraldBB) November 26, 2018
This is clearly a financial decision not to sack Hughes. They stupidly gave him a 3 year deal which they will now to need cough up a hefty compo package if they grt rid of him. 1 win all season is shambolic against the opposition we have faced so far. #SaintsFC
— Tom Forder (@tomforder69) November 26, 2018
— James Coffen (@JCoffen17) November 25, 2018
— Leah Elliott (@LeahElliott20) November 25, 2018
There had to be a shake up last summer and they truly bottled it. Now we’re paying the price for a failure of leadership and responsibility. Why should I have any confidence that they can turn this around, despite whatever garbage Hughes spouts every press conference #saintsfc
— Joseph Richardson (@Jj147Joseph) November 25, 2018
— Dan Hudson ??????? (@sainthudson) November 25, 2018
— Nath (@nathtreadwell) November 25, 2018