Southampton have sacked manager Mark Hughes on Monday with the club in the Premier League’s relegation zone after only one win in 14 matches this season.
Mark Hughes spent eight months in charge of the team, with his final game being the 2-2 draw against Manchester United on Saturday in which Southampton squandered a two-goal lead.
That left Southampton in third-to-last place in the standings with more than a third of the season gone and in something of a crisis, having also parted company with vice chairman Les Reed and technical director Martin Hunter last month as part of a restructuring.
Assistant coach Kelvin Davis will take charge of Southampton’s game against Tottenham on Wednesday.
Hughes was hired in March with Southampton one place above the relegation zone. He managed to preserve Southampton’s top-flight status but the team has won only five of 27 games in all competitions under Hughes.
Hughes’s departure comes at a cost, with the club having to pay the Welshman around £6m in compensation after sacking him six months into signing a three-year contract in May. Hughes’s long-serving assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left.