Southampton could reportedly part ways with manager Mark Hughes should he fail to achieve a positive result at Fulham on Saturday.
Having guided the Saints to safety last season when handed the reins in late March, Hughes has been unable to inspire his men this term and they have failed to build on that positive conclusion to the previous campaign and currently find themselves just outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
A haul of eight points from the first 12 games is far from the return expected by the club’s hierarchy, while Southampton have now gone over a year without a Premier League victory at St Mary’s. The Daily Mail are now reporting that Hughes’ job could be on the line when he takes his team to fellow strugglers Fulham this weekend.
The Cottagers are rock bottom of the table and decided to make a change after the last round of fixtures, appointing Claudio Ranieri as their new coach after getting rid of Slavisa Jokanovic.
Hughes, who has won five of his last 32 top-flight matches as manager of both Stoke and Southampton, is understood to have been informed by the club that his position is under threat and that they are prepared to take action should the current situation not improve soon.