Saints appoint Mark Hughes

Southampton have appointed Mark Hughes as manager until the end of the season.

The 54-year-old has taken charge of almost 450 Premier League games having managed Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and most recently Stoke City.

The new Saints boss 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 real affinity with, and I couldn't turn that down.

"I bring experience of the Premier League. I understand what it takes in this league to win games. But first and foremost I think it's about coming in and maybe being that different voice, that different message from myself and the staff, that will enable the players to recognise and focus on what needs to be done in this key period of the season.

"The objective clearly is to remain in the league and make sure we're a Premier League club next year. That's where this club needs to be, that's where it should be, and that's our intention to make sure it remains there.

“It’s a challenge, but it’s one I’m excited by. When an opportunity like this presents itself you have to take it and my connection with the club was important as well.

“I’ve won a lot of points in my career as Premier League manager. I understand what it takes to win games in this league."

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