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Mark Hughes sacked as Southampton manager

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has been sacked as of after just eight months in charge, the struggling club announced on Monday, despite an improved performance in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

The Welshman, 55, took over at St Mary's in March and guided them to survival as well as an semi-final but was unable to inspire a better campaign this season.

Former RB Leipzig boss is reportedly the to replace Hughes -- the new boss will be Southampton's fourth permanent in 18 months.

"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 club said in a statement.

"The search for a new to take the club forward is already under way.

"coach will lead the team for Wednesday's game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley."

first and first team coach have also left the club.

Southampton, who were 2-0 up against Jose Mourinho's United at home on Saturday at one stage, are 18th in the Premier League, just one point ahead of bottom

They have won just one of their 14 Premier League matches this season under Hughes, suffering seven defeats.

The former Manchester United, and Chelsea forward signed for as a towards the end of an illustrious career.

During his subsequent coaching career he has managed as well as Blackburn, Manchester City and Stoke.

Asked if being given control only up until Wednesday's Tottenham trip suggests a permanent appointment will happen before the weekend, Davis said: "To me it does indicate that.

"But whether that happens or not will be up to the guys upstairs. I'm taking the team up until Wednesday and we'll see after that."

The former Saints revealed his pride at taking temporary charge of the club but said he would not look beyond Wednesday's match.

"The opportunity I've got now is to take the lads for a couple of days' training and to prepare for the Tottenham game," said Davis.

"After that is after that. I don't think it would be wise to even consider anything after that.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 22:05 IST