Southampton have sacked first team manager Mark Hughes after just eight months in charge.

Hughes has rescued the Saints from the relegation battle last season as he took charge on 14 March signing a short-term contract for the remainder of the 2017–18 season.

The Welshman has been offered a new three-year contract at the end of the season along with his assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki.

However, the 55-year-old was now sacked on this Monday following Southampton’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Saturday evening.

First team assistant coach Kelvin Davis is set to take over from Hughes as the interim manager and will be in charge when they face Tottenham on Wednesday.

A club 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 underway.”

“First Team Assistant Coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.”

Southampton are now 18th in the Premier League table while the club are set to approach former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl about the manager’s job.

Hughes’s exit comes at a cost, with the South Coast side have to pay the former Stoke City boss around £6m in compensation after sacking him while he had signed a three-year deal in May.

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