Mark Hughes could possibly be on the verge of creating a return to the Premier League simply months after his dismissal at Stoke Metropolis.

Hughes, whose prolonged tenure as Stoke Metropolis supervisor got here to an finish in January, is reportedly the main candidate to succeed ousted Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino, as membership officers seek for a supervisor able to steering the Saints away from relegation with simply two months remaining within the season, in response to David Hynter of the Guardian.

Pellegrino was relieved of duties Monday following a run of poor outcomes that leaves Southampton – winners of certainly one of its final 17 Premier League matches – only one level above relegation.

It is believed that Southampton vice-chairman, Les Reed, would have most well-liked to attend till after the season to call a brand new supervisor. Nonetheless, Monday’s Three-Zero loss to Newcastle seems to have triggered the choice to oust Pellegrino, with Hynter speculating that Reed, together with director of soccer operations, Ross Wilson, could have recognized Hughes as an appropriate candidate previous to the defeat.

His expertise in England’s prime flight is regarded as a main purpose that he’s the main candidate. The Welsh supervisor spent four-and-a-half seasons at Stoke following stints with Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Manchester Metropolis, Blackburn Rovers, and Wales.

Hughes’ attainable appointment would see the 54-year-old leap proper again into battle to keep away from relegation. Earlier than his dismissal, Stoke Metropolis had allowed a league-worst 47 objectives via 22 video games and occupied the ultimate relegation spot within the desk.

Southampton will hope that the brand new supervisor can discover a approach to produce constructive outcomes over a stretch that can see the membership play simply three – two of that are in opposition to Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis – of its remaining eight matches at house and lengthen the membership’s run of 5 consecutive seasons within the Premier League.