Southampton news: Saints chiefs want to replace manager Mark Hughes with club legend Kelvin Davies, talkSPORT told

27 Nov

Southampton bosses are paving the way to replace under-fire manager Mark Hughes with club legend Kelvin Davies, talkSPORT has been told.

Hughes is in danger of losing his job after a 3-2 defeat to Fulham left the Saints 18th in the Premier League table, with only goal difference separating them from Cardiff and the Cottagers.

Mark Hughes is leading the running as the next Premier League boss to face the axe

The Welshman is the bookies’ favourite to be the next sacked Premier League boss and a host of names have been linked with the job, including Brendan Rodgers.

And, according talkSPORT’s South Coast correspondent Alex Crook, chairman Ralph Krueger is preparing for the manager’s exit by instructing former goalkeeper and current first team coach Davies to play a more active role in the dugout.

Speaking on talkSPORT 2, he said: “He’s not a household name outside of St Mary’s, but Kelvin Davies has just started to become a bit more active on the touchline in the last couple of matches.

“Davies is a club legend, he played over 300 games and was part of the team that led Southampton from League One into the Premier League.

Davies became part of the Southampton coaching team last year

“It’s my understanding that is a direct instruction from Ralph Krueger, the chairman who is now very much in charge of the day-to-day running of the club, he wants him to play a much more active role.

“I’m not sure that’s going to sit particularly comfortably with Mark Hughes.

“Throughout his managerial career, Hughes has always had a very close-knit coaching staff, and suddenly he’s had someone thrusted on him who he doesn’t necessarily want to use, and that would probably undermine his position.

Davies, 42, made 301 appearances in goal for the Saints

“It wouldn’t surprise me, Certainly in the short term, that if Mark Hughes does lose his job Kelvin Davies and Radhi Jaidi, another former player who is currently in charge of the Under-23s, would get the job on a caretaker basis.”