Southampton sack vice-chairman Les Reed as pressure builds on Mark Hughes

• Technical director Martin Hunter also dismissed in shake-up
• Manager vulnerable with Saints struggling in Premier League

Southampton are committed to a major restructuring at the top of the club after the decision to sack the vice-chairman, Les Reed, and the technical director, Martin Hunter, on Thursday.

The club’s Chinese owners, Gao Jisheng and his family, who took control in the summer of last year, have had two representatives working on site every day in order to oversee their investment. With the team in poor form in 16th place in the Premier League, expensive mistakes having been made in the transfer market and a slow-down in the production line from the academy, it had become clear to them that a change of direction was needed.

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