Date: 14th March 2018 at 1:28pm
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Following the earlier speculation about Mark Hughes and the Southampton hotseat, it’s now being said talks have been opened with the former Stoke City gaffer.

The BBC reported this afternoon that the club had now opened formal talks with Hughes and it was expected there would be announcement later this evening as obviously the club want Mauricio Pellegrino’s replacement in quickly after he was sacked following one win in 17 games and our place in the Premier League table.

With the upcoming FA Cup Sixth Round tie against Wigan Athletic this weekend, we need our new gaffer to bed in quickly to deal with that tie and hopefully give the fans something to cheer about as we then turn our attentions to Premier League survival.

With fans split on whether or not Hughes would be a good appointment, he’s got to be worth a shot at stability with 445 games under his belt and whilst he won’t be everyone’s cup of tea – which manager ever is?

What matters are results at the end of the day.

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8 Replies to “Welshman In Talks With Southampton”

  • I agree that we need a quick fix. I hope that we can get Hughes on a short term contract with an extension dependent on performance. With the Championship getting ever closer we need to get maybe 3 wins out of some very difficult games.

  • All the talk so far is deal until the end of the season and then come the summer we reassess. Might be the lift some players need to get back to form and give us some impetus. Looking at the table got to be three wins minimum, especially as Palace can expect a fresh life again with Wilf Zaha coming back to fitness.

  • That would be a perfect scenario. I am wondering whether we should be looking at Huddersfield instead of Palace to finish below us as they play Place next and as you say Zaha could give a huge lift to his team.

  • I think I’d have money on West Ham more than Huddersfield. Not sure on relative run ins though. Not sure what Zaha could offer this weekend, assuming he’s not fully fit still, but after the international break I’d certainly expect Palace to be livelier. Bournemouth and Newcastle are the other two unknowns for me. I can’t see anyone else getting sucked in just yet.

  • We still have Bournemouth to play and to win we need a minimum 50% improvement. If Palace win against Huddersfield we will be in bottom three before we play in League again which is not nice.

  • I still think Palace will be unstuck this weekend, but yes April and Bournemouth might be key for a few reasons. Even Swansea given it’s to be rearranged unless I’ve lost the plot, but we can certainly help things with West Ham. It just cannot come down to the last day!

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