Mark Hughes takes over at Southampton

Mark Hughes has been named Southampton manager until the end of the season.

The former Stoke City boss takes over following the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday.

He joins with the Saints one point above the relegation places after a run of just one win in 17 games.

Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki will join Hughes’ backroom staff as assistant manager and assistant first-team coach respectively.

Hughes, 54, who played for the Saints between 1998-2000, said: “It’s a challenge I’m excited by.

“It’s a great opportunity to come back to a club I know well, and a club I’ve got a real affinity with, and I couldn’t turn that down.

“I bring experience of the Premier League. I understand what it takes in this league to win games. But first and foremost I think it’s about coming in and maybe being that different voice, that different message from myself and the staff, that will enable the players to recognise and focus on what needs to be done in this key period of the season.

“The objective clearly is to remain in the league and make sure we’re a Premier League club next year. That’s where this club needs to be, that’s where it should be, and that’s our intention to make sure it remains there.”

Hughes will take charge of his first training session on Thursday. His first match will be the FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan on Sunday.