Mark Hughes insists he has no concerns about his future as Southampton manager following the sacking of vice-chairman Les Reed. Struggling Saints have wielded the axe on Reed and technical director Martin Hunter in a bid to re-energise their ailing fortunes, following a poor start to the season.
After narrowly avoiding Premier League relegation last term, the south coast club are doing little better this season and sit 16th in the table having mustered just seven points from 11 matches.
Saints boss Hughes, appointed in March, feels the boardroom departures will not adversely affect his own position. “In the summer, I was offered a three-year contract. Clearly Les would have had an impact in that decision but not totally,” said Hughes at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Watford.
“All the board and the ownership itself made that decision to offer me that contract so, although Les is no longer around as a sounding board and as a supportive guy in the background, there’s still a lot of people here that felt I was the right man for the job. “I don’t think my position has been diminished too much in that regard.”