Southampton should sack Mark Hughes and swoop for Leonardo Jardim

After their poor Premier League season continued at the weekend, Southampton should consider sacking Mark Hughes and and making an ambitious move to appoint Leonardo Jardim after he was sacked by Monaco on Thursday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the south coast outfit’s poor beginning to the top flight campaign continued with a 3-0 defeat against Chelsea at St Mary’s on Sunday – meaning they have now failed to score in three successive league fixtures – and the pressure is building on Hughes.

The Welshman was handed the job on a permanent basis during the summer having kept the club in the division last term, but things haven’t gone to plan this term with only one of his five summer signings making the starting XI against the Blues, with Mo Elyonoussi and Stuart Armstrong missing out on the 18 altogether.

Meanwhile, Monaco sacked Leonardo Jardim on Thursday following a disappointing start to the campaign, but an instant Premier League job offer could be tempting for the 44-year-old.

Would he be a great appointment?

He certainly would be, and he would be one that would create a much-needed shake-up at St Mary’s.

Jardim likes to play attacking football, and during his time with Monaco he not only developed young players such as Kylian Mbappe, but he of course won the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title ahead of big-spending Paris Saint-Germain.

His high-profile arrival on the south coast would bring about a buzz that hasn’t really been present ever since Ronald Koeman left for Everton in 2016, and he would excite the fans and surely motivate the players to enjoy playing for the club again.

Additionally, the 44-year-old would also be an individual that can attract an exciting calibre of player to Southampton.