Mark Hughes has been named as the ‘leading candidate’ for the vacant Southampton manager’s position, not Marco Silva.
It was widely believed that Silva would top Southampton’s list of replacements for Mauricio Pellegrino, who was sacked by the club on Monday.
But Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph reports that Saints have ‘prioritised the need for Premier League experience and an immediate ability to galvanise their flagging squad’.
As a result, they believe that Hughes, sacked by Stoke in January, is the man to salvage an increasingly problematic situation.
Southampton parted ways with Pellegrino on Monday after a run of just one win in 17 Premier League games, with Saints one place and one point above the relegation zone.
Pellegrino was one of our main losers of the weekend, and Hughes could be the man to replace him.
Wilson writes that the Welshman would not only make an immediate ‘impact’, but would also fit the ‘longer term playing philosophy that gives younger players their chance’.
It is added that former Hull and Watford boss Silva ‘is not understood to be in consideration’ for the post, while ex-West Ham manager Slaven Bilic ‘is not prominent on the immediate shortlist’.