Southampton failed to make their home advantage at St Mary’s Stadium count for anything on Saturday afternoon as they could only manage a 0-0 draw with bottom of the league opponents, Newcastle United.
The poor result means that the Saints have now amassed just seven points, and scored only six goals, in ten Premier League games this season.
With yet another relegation battle looming for the south coast club, the Southampton hierarchy ought to seriously consider sacking manager Mark Hughes. The Welshman was brought in at the tail end of last season to help save the club from relegation – a target he was able to achieve.
However, Saints have shown no progress since then and look stunted in attack. A change in the dugout could be what’s needed to spark this squad back into life, and that change must be made before it’s too late for the campaign to be salvaged.
Certainly, plenty of Saints fans’ patience with Hughes has worn very thin. After the draw with the Magpies, many of the south coast club’s supporters took to Twitter to call for an end to Hughes’ reign…
— Paul (@Benalistash) 27 October 2018
No matter how hard we try we’re just not good enough to at least score one goal. This isn’t good enough at all Saints. Man City will be buzzing next Sunday for sure when they whip us
— Sammy B (@sammysfcb) 27 October 2018
— Dean Noble (@deannoble_) 27 October 2018
Think now is the point where we thank Mark Hughes for keeping us up against the odds and say goodbye. If we are going to stay up and progress beyond a relegation battle, need a new manager. Jardim would be great but won’t happen. Hassenhutl? Anyone with some ambition #Saintsfc
— Saint Alastair (@Saint_Alastair) 27 October 2018
Please please please…realise your mistake and rectify it!!!!….sack Hughes, hes not good enough. No ideas, no tactics, no passion. #SaintsFC
— Nathan Booker (@BodgerBooker) 27 October 2018
MARK HUGHES OUT
Cant score, no confidence, boring, predictable, cant beat bottom of the table newcastle.. How long can this go on? Feel free to RT or throw bullshit at me, how can you defend fraud mark #saintsfc #SOUNEW pic.twitter.com/H7545tgStH
— Danny Fordanski (@SaintDan9) 27 October 2018
— Derrick Allott (@IAMDERRICKALLOT) 27 October 2018
That has to be that for Mark Hughes, we are 7 points adrift of 11th place and we’re worse in front of goal than last season. It’s not necessarily his fault but he’s obviously not good enough to get anything near the best out of these players. #saintsfc
— Aaron woodford (@AaronWoodford) 27 October 2018