Southampton manager Mark Hughes has been sacked as the club’s coach following the home draw match against Manchester United at St. Mary.
The decision came after the Saturday match which marked the club’s 10th match without a home victory in the Premier League this season and been languishing in the relegation zone on nine points after 14 games.
Assistant manager Mark Bowen and assistant coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club with immediate effect.
A Southampton club statement read: “We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary‘s.
“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway.”
Assistant coach, Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham at Wembley and will hold a news conference on Monday at 2 pm at the club’s training ground.
Hughes was appointed as Southampton manager in March on an initial deal until the end of last season but after maintaining the club’s Premier League status was rewarded with a three-year deal in May.
In his eight months in charge, the 55-year-old managed only five victories in 27 games and Southampton will now begin their search for a fourth manager in just over two years.
Hughes insisted after their draw against Manchester United he maintained his belief he could address the club’s form amid pressure over his job but the Southampton hierarchy has decided to appoint somebody new at the helm.
After Wednesday’s trip to face Tottenham they then face an important league fixture against Cardiff on Saturday.