Premier League: Mark Hughes sacking has cost Southampton a staggering £6m

Premier League: Mark Hughes sacking has cost Southampton a staggering £6m

Mark Hughes sacking has cost Southampton a staggering £6m after Premier League strugglers dismiss him just six months into a three-year deal

Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline

Southampton’s sacking of Mark Hughes on Monday has cost the club a remarkable £6million.

The Saints sacked Hughes following the 2-2 draw against Manchester United at St Mary’s, with the draw leaving them 18th with just nine points from 14 matches.

And ahead of the visit to Tottenham on Wednesday at Wembley in the Premier League, Southampton made their move but it has come at a price.

Mark Hughes was sacked by Southampton following their 2-2 draw with Manchester United

Mark Hughes was sacked by Southampton following their 2-2 draw with Manchester United

Mark Hughes was sacked by Southampton following their 2-2 draw with Manchester United

The club are having to fork out £6m in compensation after sacking Hughes six months into him signing a three-year contract back in May.

The Welshman became the first manager to receive the sack by two Premier League clubs in the same calendar year – he was let go by Stoke back in January. 

It is estimated that Hughes has now earned a total of £18m in compensation having been dismissed by Manchester City, QPR, Stoke and Southampton during his managerial career.

First team coach Kelvin Davis will take charge of Southampton’s game against Tottenham on Wednesday, while Ralph Hasenhuttl has already emerged as the favourite for the permanent role. 

Southampton are having to fork out £6million in compensation after sacking Hughes

Southampton are having to fork out £6million in compensation after sacking Hughes

Southampton are having to fork out £6million in compensation after sacking Hughes

The Saints have moved quickly to replace Hughes and the Austrian is already close to becoming the new manager.  

A move for 51-year-old former Red Bull Leipzig boss Hasenhuttl is at an advanced stage.    

Hasenhuttl is out of work having left the Bundesliga club at the end of last season, and Southampton are keen not to pay compensation. 

Former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores and Paulo Sousa were also sounded out but Hasenhuttl is expected to be in charge for the crucial clash at Cardiff this weekend.

Southampton have moved quickly to try and appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl as new manager

Southampton have moved quickly to try and appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl as new manager

Southampton have moved quickly to try and appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl as new manager



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