SOUTHAMPTON have sacked Mark Hughes after their shocking start to the Premier League season.
Assistant First Team Manager Mark Bowen and Assistant First Team Coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.
Reuters3 Southampton have sacked Mark Hughes
First Team Assistant Coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Spurs at Wembley.
Hughes goes despite Saints – who sit 18th in the table – managing a 2-2 draw against Manchester United on Saturday.
A club statement said: "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 under way."
#SaintsFC can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes.
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/EisJf8c2gb
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 3, 2018
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Former QPR, Swansea and Leicester manager Paulo Sousa is fancied to take over after being spotted in the stands recently at St Mary's.
Quique Sanchez Flores, the ex-Watford boss, is also in the running and favourite with the bookies.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is also thought to be interested in the gig should he leave Celtic.
Welshman Hughes, 55, becomes the second Premier League manager of the season to go after Fulham axed Slavisa Jokanovic last month.
AFP or licensors3 The time is up for Sparky at Saints after a winless run of ten games
AFP – Getty3 Paulo Sousa is fancied to take over at St Mary's but Quique Sanchez Flores is favourite with the bookies
GO WITH THE FLO Sanchez Flores odds-on to replace Hughes
Hughes departs on the back of a ten-game winless run in the top flight that sees Saints in danger of going down.
Southampton won just five of 27 games under Hughes after he managed to keep them up last season.
He signed a new three-year deal in May this year after club bosses hailed his "massive impact" in a short space of time.
Southampton are now looking for their fourth boss in just over two years after the sackings of Claude Puel, Mauricio Pellegrino and Hughes.