Date: 14th March 2018 at 8:26pm
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With news swirling about the possible appointment of former Stoke City manager Mark Hughes at Southampton this evening, club legend Matt Le Tissier believes he would be a ‘perfect fit’.

With advanced talks said to be underway and the expectation that Hughes will be appointed this evening, Le Tiss has told Sky Sports that he feels the one time Manchester City manager would be the ‘perfect fit’ given the club’s vision and how we like to go about our business on and off the pitch.

More importantly he knows we can’t take a gamble on someone with no experience of the English game given where we find ourselves in the Premier League table this season.

‘Mark has managed in this league for a long, long time, more than 400 games. I think it is a pretty good appointment from my perspective. The situation we are in is not a great one and we don’t need a manager coming in who doesn’t know the players, doesn’t know the league. So Mark would seem to be with the club’s way of thinking.’

Le Tiss felt that given the position the club are in, Hughes’ experience would be key in the final weeks of the campaign.

‘I don’t think he has been down this end of the table too many times in his career. He obviously did not have a great season at Stoke this year but as far as I can remember I think it was the first time he had a team really struggling against relegation. He has managed some big teams. He has a wealth of experience of the game, I played with him for a couple of seasons down in Southampton.’

Obviously with that mention, Hughes knows the club in his former days as a player as well.

‘He has knowledge of the club, although it was a different stadium when he was playing back then, it was that long ago. But I’ll keep my fingers crossed he can keep us up this season first and foremost, then get us to kick on again next season.’

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4 Replies to “One Man Gets Saints Legend Seal of Approval”

  • MLT will always be a legend to me so I can trust him to have a better view on this than many. He is Saints through and through.

  • Knowing him within the game as well as a one time team mate, he’ll have a better sense of whether he’d work or not. Doesn’t mean he’s right, just more chance of him being right than me!

  • My first ever game at the old Dell was a 2-3 loss to Rotherham and I am still here lol. So no matter what is thrown our way we will survive and Matt will probably know him from playing against him as well. No guarentee but I can accept Mark as a better prospect than the ditherer we have let go.

  • You and thousands of others – I get the sense you might have a little bit more experience than little old me lol Still hanker a little bit for Marco Silva as from what I saw I liked what he did at Hull and Watford, but as you say, Hughes (right or wrong) is his own man and even if it didn’t work as Stoke fans wanted, I can see sense in his tried to change their style too quickly for his own good given the attacking players he signed – Southampton are set up to attack and that was Pellegrino’s real downfall.

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