Southampton have parted ways with manager Mark Hughes, the club has confirmed.
The former Stoke City manager will leave the club immediately alongside Assistant manager Mark Bowen and assistant coach Eddie Niedzwiecki. First team Assistant coach Kelvin Davis has been given the charge and will lead the team when the Saints travel to London to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
Hughes has been struggling to get the equation right and he looked to have saved his job as Southampton took a 2-0 lead showing some early promises against Manchester United. But United kept on pressing and eventually reduced the deficit before the interval.
Hughes took the charge in March last season and managed to keep the side afloat in the Premier League. His achievement saw him getting a new three year contract at the St Mary’s but he failed to keep up the promise as the Saints are currently struggling in the relegation zone.
A Southampton statement read : Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes.
Assistant First Team Manager Mark Bowen and Assistant First Team Coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.
We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary’s.
The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already under way.
First Team Assistant Coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.