Portsmouth’s arch rivals, Southampton, sack manager Mark Hughes

Former Southampton manager Mark Hughes
Former Southampton manager Mark Hughes
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Pompey’s south coast rivals, Southampton, have parted company with Mark Hughes.

The St Mary’s outfit announced his departure this morning, with Saints third from bottom in the Premier League.

Hughes had spent eight months in charge of the club, with his last game being Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

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Southampton’s last win came against Crystal Palace on September 1 – their only win in the top flight this season.

Saints haven’t won in 12 matches.

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Hughes’ assistant first-team manager, Mark Bowen, and assistant first-team coach, Eddie Niedzwiecki, have also left the club.

Former keeper Kelvin Davis, who was in goal for Saints when Pompey snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw at St Mary’s in 2012 – their last meeting – will take charge of Wednesday’s game against Spurs at Wembley.