Pompey fans have taken to our Facebook page, Portsmouth FC – The News, to have their say on Mark Hughes’ Southampton departure.
The former Wales, Blackburn and Stoke manager left St Mary’s after eight months in charge on Monday, following an announcement from the club.
He leaves with Saints third from bottom in the Premier League and without a win since September 1.
With Pompey currently sitting top of League One – four points clear of closest rivals Sunderland – many of the Fratton faithful have been eagerly anticipating the possibility of a reunion of rivalries in the Championship next season.
The powers that be at Southampton are clearly attempting to avoid such a scenario after sacking their manager following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
But Blues fans remain hopeful they can go head-to-head with their rivals again, regardless of Southampton’s managerial change.
Here’s a selection of what’s been said…
Should have kept him to at least Feb, job would been done by then.
Never mind sure there are few managers out of work at the moment that will complete the job. See you next season.
He was doing a great job.
Shame, I was hoping he would hang on until after we beat them them in the cup.
Why not give him a 5 year contract?
He was doing so well!
Shoddy treatment in my opinion! He was doing all he could to ensure the South Coast Derby came back!
A bit harsh, he was doing nothing wrong.
He was doing an amazing job!
We were singing at Rochdale yesterday, that we wanted him to stay!
Hayd John Lewis
He was doing so well. He was getting them relegation.
I think it’s a terrible shame, they’re not mathematically relegated yet.
They should have kept him he was doing fine, and I was hoping to play them next season.
Oh dear. We're still coming for you.
Who will they replace him with?
Not many decent people available! Which is good.
See you in the Championship next year. Much love.