Mark Hughes unfazed by sack talk as struggling Southampton face Fulham

‘There will always be speculation and I call it noise’: Mark Hughes unfazed by sack talk as his Southampton side face fellow strugglers Fulham

  • Mark Hughes insists the threat of the sack will disappear with good results
  • Southampton face Fulham on Saturday in Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge 
  • Southampton sit outside the relegation places only on goal difference 

Peter Carline for the Daily Mail

‘There will always be speculation and I call it noise,’ said Hughes. ‘Once a manager departs after a lot of noise that noise switches to someone else and all the negative stats come out.

‘A little bit of the noise is around me at the moment which is the nature of the role that I have. It will go away with a few good results.

‘It becomes a little bit predictable and you understand how it works. After 20 years doing this job, it’s nothing I haven’t seen and dealt with before. It’s part of the job and doesn’t faze me.

‘We’re calm, that’s the key. That’s helped by my demeanour. I don’t feel the need to get panicked because I’m confident in the ability of the group and the club.’

The club are conducting a review after the departure of former vice-chairman Les Reed (r)

The club are conducting a review after the departure of former vice-chairman Les Reed (r)

The club are conducting an internal review after the departures of former vice-chairman Les Reed and technical director Martin Hunter earlier this month.

‘There’s not a lot we’re doing wrong here,’ Hughes added. ‘The club felt that maybe we just needed to just be a little bit more open about a few certain things. It’s not about ripping things up and throwing the baby out with the bat water. We’re not at that point.

‘The club is sound. A lot of good work has been done here over a good period, which will enable this club to prosper. We just need to get over this bump in the road and we’ll be fine.’

Top scorer Danny Ings is struggling with a hamstring injury and may feature from the bench. 

Saints will play Fulham in Claudio Ranieri's first match in charge since taking over at the club

Saints will play Fulham in Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge since taking over at the club

 


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