Hughes’ departure was met with relief by many Southampton fans. REUTERS/Matthew Childs/File Photo
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Former Red Bull Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl emerged as odds-on favorite to fill Mark Hughes' shoes at Southampton, after the Premier League strugglers sacked their manager Monday with the club mired in the relegation zone.In eight months at Southampton, former Wales, Manchester City and Stoke City boss Hughes managed only five victories in 27 games in all competitions.Their only league win this season came against Crystal Palace in September, and in fact their success-starved fans have seen Southampton win only one league match at home in the past 12 months a squeaky 2-1 victory over Bournemouth in April.First-team assistant coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday's match against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.Southampton's new manager will be Saints' fourth boss in two years.
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