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Mark Hughes has been sacked by Southampton just days after saying he was not worried about the rumours surrounding his future.
Hughes has been in charge of the Saints since March but his eight-month tenure was brought to a close on Monday on the back of the 2-2 draw against Manchester United at St Mary's which left the club in the relegation zone on nine points.
The Saints have failed to win a game at home this season, while they have gone ten matches without a victory, and the club have acted in a bid to turn things around.
Assistant manager Mark Bowen and assistant coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club with immediate effect, while Kelvin Davies will take charge of the team for Wednesday's Premier League tie against Tottenham at Wembley.
"Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes," a statement from the club read.
"Assistant First Team Manager Mark Bowen and Assistant First Team Coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.
"We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary’s.
"The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already under way.
"First Team Assistant Coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley."
Hughes' departure means Southampton are searching for their fourth manager in just over two years.