Mark Hughes has been appointed as the manager of Southampton until the end of the season. The 54-year-old will take his first training session on Thursday with Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki joining his backroom coaching staff as assistant manager and assistant first team coach respectively.
Hughes, who made 60 appearances for the club, said: “It’s a challenge I’m excited by. It’s a great opportunity to come back to a club I know well, and a club I’ve got a real affinity with, and I couldn’t turn that down.
Hughes was dismissed by Stoke City in January, with the Potters in the bottom three following a poor run of form. But they had three ninth-place finishes under the Welshman before finishing 13th last term. He began his managerial career with the Wales national team and subsequently managed Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR. He has never been relegated from the top flight as manager.
Pellegrino was sacked on Monday after just one win in their last 17 games – leaving the team just a point clear of the relegation zone. Hughes’ reign as Southampton boss begins with an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Sunday.
Can he bring a breath of fresh air to the Saints?