Southampton Sack Hughes: Former Watford Boss Short-Priced Favourite To Take Over
Southampton have cut ties with Mark Hughes despite his side earning a draw against Manchester United on Saturday, with the former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores now the favourite to replace him. His backroom staff will also depart.
A statement from the club released on Monday morning read: “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 underway.”
Hughes leaves the club third from bottom after eight months in charge, having one 5, drawn ten and lost twelve of the 27 games he oversaw during his tenure.
Flores, who left his last club, La Liga side Espanyol, in April, and is now rated as a 5/4 shot to return to the English game and take over the south coast outfit.
The next-best in the betting to be the next Southampton manager is Ralph Hasenhüttl, with the 7/2 shot having last coached RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
The Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa is the last of a continental trio at the head of the betting at 4/1, with some more ominous names lurking outside of those names.
Freelance relegation avoidance consultant Sam Allardyce is in to 6/1 in the market having been bigger, while other British managers Gary Monk and David Moyes are priced up at 16/1 and 20/1 respectively.
Alan Pardew is a 50/1 shot to dance a jig back down to St. Mary’s.