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Southampton confirms “Saint” Hughes as new manager

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STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Mark Hughes manager of Stoke City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Using the hopeful hashtag #SaintHughes, Southampton confirmed reports that Mark Hughes will be its new manager.

The ex-Stoke City and Manchester City boss will take the reigns for the final eight matches as the Saints attempt to avoid dropping into the Bottom Three.

Saints are just a point above the drop zone and have had loads of trouble scoring goals this season. A lifeless 3-0 walloping at the hands of Newcastle United was the final straw for Mauricio Pellegrino.

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Hughes was fired by Stoke City this season after four-and-a-half years, and the Potters have not recovered from a poor start. Now Hughes could be the man who helps condemn his former club in the manager’s chair of his new one.

He can experiment with his lineup on Saturday at Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup quarterfinals en route to a massive run-in in which Southampton faces West Ham, Arsenal, Swansea City, Chelsea, Bournemouth, Leicester City, Everton and Manchester City.

The Welsh national team legend who starred as a forward at Manchester United and Chelsea has also managed Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers, and Wales.

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