SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Mark Hughes, Manager of Southampton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Southampton have announced the dismissal of Mark Hughes as manager after just eight months in the dugout

The Manchester United legend was recruited by Southampton on March 14 and helped them avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.

Afterwards, Hughes was awarded a three-year contract to continue coaching the club he once played for himself.

But the Saints’ 2-2 draw with United in the Premier League on Saturday proved to be Hughes’ final game in charge with the club only 18th in the table.

“Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes,” read a statement on the club website.

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“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway.”

Hughes’ assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, have also departed the south coast.

The Welshman has now been fired twice in the space of a year following his dismissal from Stoke City in January.

Southampton, who have only won once in the Premier League this term, will next face Tottenham away on Wednesday at Wembley.