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Mark Hughes is confident of Southampton future despite Les Reed sacking

Under-fire Saints manager Mark Hughes says his position “hasn’t been diminished” in the wake of Les Reed and Martin Hunter’s departures.

Mark Hughes confident of job prospects after Les Reed got sacked by Southampton Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Southampton manager Mark Hughes claims he has no concerns of his position as Saints boss following vice-chairman Les Reed’s sacking from the club.

Both Reed and technical director Martin Hunter were relieved of their duties on Thursday after eight years at the club.

The move comes as Saints sit precariously above the relegation zone, having only won one match so far in the Premier League this season, collecting seven points in 11 games.

With such dreadful form, Hughes is facing mounting pressure as a subsection of Southampton fans vociferously call for his head.

But Hughes insists he is not worried about his future at Saints.


READ: Les Reed sacked as Southampton vice-chairman after eight years


“In the summer, I was offered a three-year contract. Clearly Les would have had an impact in that decision but not totally,” said Hughes at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Watford [H/T BT Sport].

“All the board and the ownership itself made that decision to offer me that contract so, although Les is no longer around as a sounding board and as a supportive guy in the background, there’s still a lot of people here that felt I was the right man for the job.

“I don’t think my position has been diminished too much in that regard.”