Hughes In Preliminary Contract Talks With Saints
Wednesday, 9th May 2018 14:40
According to media reports Mark Hughes has already had some initial discussions with the Saints board about extending his stay at St Mary's.
The Daily Mail are reporting that Mark Hughes has already spoken to the club about staying on after the end of this season,given that the same paper was the source of the leak that Saints had been turned away from the Swansea Marriott you have to assume that a member of their sports department is close to someone within the hierarchy at St Mary's.
Although safety is not yet mathematically done and dusted it is understood that Hughes met with the Saints hierarchy last week and indicated he would like to talk formally about staying even if the club were to go down.
Hughes who was part of the Great Escape Saints team of 1999 and his key staff arrived in Southampton with an open mind after being appointed almost two months ago. Since then the 54-year-old has been living in a hotel in the city as he concentrated on trying to turn the club's fortunes around.
Even before the big win in at Swansea, Hughes had decided he was impressed with the structure and potential of the club and would be prepared to talk about staying.
These talks are only at an early stage at the moment and salary details are yet to be discussed although it seems that Hughes will insist on full-time deals for coaches Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki which should not be a problem for Saints.
How accurate this story is, will be discovered in the coming weeks and whether it is merely either the club or Hughes himself jostling to make their position clear.
Certainly the club will be breathing a sigh of relief this week if Saints complete the job on Sunday and after the issues surrounding Mauricio Pellegrino they will be eager to show the supporters that they have learned their lessons and are now acting swiftly and decisively moving forward.
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