Mark Hughes is set to become the new manager of Southampton.
Hughes is hoping to be given the job of keeping them in the Premier League.
Southampton moved quickly to approach out of work Hughes to replace axed Mauricio Pellegrino who lost his job on Monday.
Mark Hughes set to become Southampton’s new manager after Mauricio Pellegrino is sacked
Hughes played for Saints in the late 90s making over 50 appearances for the club
MARK HUGHES’ MANAGERIAL CV
Blackburn Rovers: 2004-2008
Manchester City: 2008-2009
Sacked by Stoke, Hughes was waiting for the right opportunity to return.
He is expected to be joined by his management staff Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki. The final details are being thrashed out in the next few hours.
His first game could be the FA Cup quarter-final away to Wigan on Sunday. Wigan have already beaten Premier League West Ham and Manchester City.
Southampton are on one point above the relegation zone after their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle on Saturday.
The Welshman has been out of work since being sacked by Stoke in January.
Hughes only managed to win five out of 22 games, leaving the Potters in the relegation places.
The former Manchester United striker also managed his country at the start of his managerial career before moving on to Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers.
Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked as boss on Monday afternoon following a poor run of results
SOUTHAMPTON’S REMAINING FIXTURES
Wigan (FA Cup): Sunday 18 March
West Ham (A): Saturday 31 March
Arsenal (A): Monday 9 April
Chelsea (H): Saturday 14 April
Leicester (A): Saturday 21 April
Bournemouth (H): Saturday 28 April
Everton (A): Saturday 5 May
Manchester City (H): Sunday 13 May
Season at a glance
- Premier League
- Premier League
- League One
- League Two
- Scottish Premiership
- Scottish Div 1
- Scottish Div 2
- Scottish Div 3
- Ligue 1
- Serie A
- La Liga