Mark Hughes the leading candidate to land Southampton manager’s job

• Hughes has been out of work since Stoke sacked him in January
• Southampton sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday

Mark Hughes is the leading candidate to succeed Mauricio Pellegrino as the Southampton manager. The club dismissed Pellegrino on Monday after a dire run of results that has left them one point above the Premier League’s relegation zone.

The Southampton vice-chairman, Les Reed, would have preferred to wait until the end of the season before making a change but the 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday represented the tipping point, particularly as Pellegrino later questioned whether the players were giving their all.

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