Southampton in talks to extend Mark Hughes contract

Jose Verdugo
May 17, 2018

Southampton have held positive talks with Mark Hughes over a permanent new managerial contract, with an announcement now likely before the end of the week.

Hughes was brought in to stave off relegation in March after floundering Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked and the club battled their way to survival, finishing in 17th spot.

"It just feels like the right hire at the right time for the club", chairman Ralph Krueger told BBC Sport.

"The decision to go with Mark in the time frame that we had to meet him and to bring him in was very tight, but everything since they've been here has been natural and the fit has been flawless".

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The Welshman only penned a short-term deal but Krueger has been impressed by his work and said the club and Hughes were "in really good conversation" about a longer stay. "We began these conversations last week and they continue here, and we will build on them".

All sides are keen to prolong what was an initial 10-week partnership after Hughes oversaw Southampton's survival in the Premier League with a dramatic away win at Swansea and, with the players and fans also keen for him to stay, the fine details are being discussed.

"In my view they will make a quick decision one way or the other".

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