Monday 23 September 2019

The leading contenders to replace Mark Hughes as Southampton manager

Hughes led Saints to only one Premier League win in 14 games this term.

Paulo Sousa has been linked with Southampton (PA)
Paulo Sousa has been linked with Southampton (PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Southampton are looking for a new manager after parting company with Mark Hughes.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five possible names in the frame.

Paulo Sousa

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Paulo Sousa has coached in England before (Adam Davy/PA)

The Portuguese has been widely mooted as a possible replacement over recent weeks and is available having left Tianjin Quanjian in the summer. Well known to English fans after spells with QPR, Swansea and Leicester, the 48-year-old has coached – and played – all over the world and has a silky style which may cheer Saints fans.

Sam Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce is a rescue specialist (Peter Byrne/PA)

The go-to rescue act when clubs are in crisis, this would appear, on the face of it, the perfect job at the perfect time of the season for the former England manager. He has successfully saved Sunderland and Crystal Palace in recent seasons, while stabilising Everton last year before criticism of the team’s style kicked in. Now 64, would he fancy another mission?

Slavisa Jokanovic

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Slavisa Jokanovic left Fulham last month (Martin Rickett/PA)

Sacked by Fulham last month after taking them into the Premier League, the Serb will still have many admirers and is now available, having done good work at Watford, Maccabi Tel Aviv and then at Craven Cottage. He would be an interesting choice, but would a return come too soon?

Leonardo Jardim

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Could Leonardo Jardim move to England? (Martin Rickett/PA)

Sacked by Monaco earlier this season, Jardim represents another possible option for the Saints. Has lots of experience and has won titles in Portgual, Greece and France, most notably when beating Paris St Germain to the Ligue 1 title in 2017.

Garry Monk

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Garry Monk (Nick Potts/PA)

A former Saints player, Monk is rebuilding his managerial reputation with some style at Birmingham after a short-lived spell at Middlesbrough. Did excellent work at Leeds in 2016/17 and was considered unlucky to lose his job at Swansea prior to that, having kept them in the Premier League. Two members of his coaching staff, Darryl Flahavan and James Beattie, are ex-Saints.

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