We all know where Southampton find themselves this season, we are once again manager-less following the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino and we sit one point ahead of both Crystal Palace and Stoke City, remaining out of the dropzone by the skin of our teeth.
How we got here is irrelevant really. A lack of patience and loyalty from Nicola Cortese saw just as many agree with the Nigel Adkins decision as disagree with the passage of time – well certainly once Mauricio Pochettino got his feet under the table and started to show what he was capable of before he legged it to White Hart Lane.
And then managerial appointments continued going wrong for various reasons.
Mr Ronald ‘Honour Your Contract’ Koeman soon jumped ship to Everton (I wonder if he regrets it now?), Claude Puel just didn’t seem to fit and although feeling was strong about a second year hindsight is wonderful and everyone would take 8th place now.
Unfortunately, the sort of finish he’s shown himself capable of at Leicester.
Then Mauricio Pellegrino who despite seeming to be a great bloke has struggled for a long time and has never managed to get our attack to click with his more cautious style, not even Manolo Gabbiadini who impressed many last season.
So now we’ve done with Pellegrino with only eight games remaining in the season the only line of sensible thought is we have somebody lined up ready for a quick appointment over the international break.
So my point here, we need somebody proven, steady and not somebody who has shown he will just up sticks when it suits – albeit all managers do that at some point I guess.
In any event Robbie Savage has been singing the praise of Mark Hughes, believing he should be given the chance to manage the club until at least the end of the season and be given a shot to earn the right to take us forward next campaign.
Both are Welshmen and Savage did play under Hughes at both international level and at Blackburn, but he is jobless at the moment following his four years coming to an end at Stoke back in January and I don’t see what we have to lose, but with potentially plenty to gain.
‘You might think I’m mad but with eight games to go and looking at men who are out of work – it’s Mark Hughes. He has never been relegated as a Premier League manager.’
Having watched Savage play and tweet – I’m not going disagree with any sentiment that quote expresses, but Hughes does have a Southampton history although it wasn’t great in a goalscoring sense.
Those with experience would know better about that spell!
With a record of five managers in five years, Hughes is worth a shot isn’t he?
Marco Silva, formerly of Watford, is said to be one of our options but he seems set for a return to Portugal for a spell with Benfica – I wouldn’t be against him either.
From the reactions to the Mirror’s John Cross tweet, I’m guessing I’m on my own.
? Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) March 13, 2018
I think Mark Hughes is a very good choice for Southampton. Far too good a squad to go down.
? John Cross (@johncrossmirror) March 13, 2018