Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes appointed Southampton manager

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Manchester United legend Mark Hughes has been appointed the new manager of Southampton until the end of the current season

Hughes, who also played for Barcelona and Bayern Munich during his illustrious career as a footballer, is expected to take charge of his first training session with his new side on Thursday with Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki joining the Welshman’s backroom staff.

“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 a real affinity with, and I couldn’t turn that down” said Hughes, according to the club website.

“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.”

Towards the end of his playing career, Hughes made 61 appearances for Southampton between 1998 and 2000. The 54 year-old was dismissed by Stoke City in January after a poor run of form had seen the side fighting to survive relegation.

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