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Southampton sacks Mark Hughes

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Southampton has changed managers for the second time in eight months, this time firing Mark Hughes.

Assistant coach Kelvin Davis will take the reins for Wednesday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, as a report says Saints could be set to appoint former RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhüttl to the post.

UPDATE: Hasenhuttl has reportedly agreed in principle to join Saints.

The club is also said to be considering former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, and is looking at its former head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell, as a replacement for technical director Les Reed.

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Southampton lost a 2-0 lead in drawing Manchester United on Saturday, moving a point back of 17th place Huddersfield Town.

Hughes finishes his tenure at St. Mary’s with just three league wins in 22 matches, though he did rally the club to safety last season.

Saints visit Spurs on Wednesday before heading to Cardiff City in a big relegation six-pointer on Saturday. After that, it’s Arsenal and Huddersfield on the fixture list.

Southampton has one win this season, a Sept. 1 win at Crystal Palace.

Manchester City 2-0 Southampton: Lampard, Aguero sink Saints

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  • City seal second place, finish the season on 79 points
  • Frank Lampard ends his PL career with a goal
  • Southampton finish in seventh, their highest-ever PL finish
  • Sergio Aguero wins golden boot with 26 PL goals this season

Manchester City beat Southampton 2-0 on Sunday as the Citizens finished the season off in style.

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Goals in either half from Frank Lampard and Sergio Aguero secured the victory, with Aguero securing the PL’s golden boot award in the process, as Southampton failed to properly test Joe Hart with Sadio mane and Shane Long wasting good chances in the second half. Hart also won the golden glove for the most clean sheets (14) in the PL this season.

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City finish the season in second place on 79 points, the fourth-straight season they have finished in the top two of the PL, while Saints finish in seventh on 60 points and must now wait for the FA Cup final result to find out if they will play in the Europa League next season.

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Saints took the game to City early on as Filip Djuricic was taken out by Martin Demichelis in the first minute and the City defender was shown a yellow card. City eventually woke up and Aguero was denied three times by Saints’ goalkeeper Kelvin Davis as the Argentine striker buzzed in and around Southampton’s defense.

The opening goal of the game arrived in the 31st minute as James Milner cut the ball back from the right and Lampard timed his run perfectly to net his 177th goal in the PL in his final appearance in England’s top-flight. 1-0. In the second half Saints pushed forward to try and get the goals they needed to secure a place in the top six but Hart twice thwarted Mane and Long in quick succession with Koeman’s men running out of time.

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Lampard was then substituted and received a standing ovation from both sets of fans as he heads onto MLS with New York City FC. Late on Aguero made it 2-0 as he headed home his 26th goal of the season to sink Saints and give City a winning finish to what has been a disappointing campaign for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

Watch Live: Manchester City vs. Southampton (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Manchester City host Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on MSNBC and online via Live Extra) as the Citizens have secured second-place in the Premier League.

As for Southampton, Ronald Koeman’s men sit in seventh but if they can grab a win on Sunday then they could climb as high as fifth which would secure a spot in the Europa League group stage for next season.


Saints smashed Aston Villa 6-1 last weekend, while City beat Swansea 4-2 as both teams will look to finish the season off on a high.

In team news City are unchanged and have made Frank Lampard their captain for his final appearance in the PL, while Saints bring in Filip Djuricic for James Ward-Prowse and goalkeeper Kelvin Davis makes his 300th appearance in goal.


Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Milner, Lampard, Toure, Silva, Aguero. Subs: Cabellero, Sagna, Kompany, Navas, Jovetic, Dzeko, Bony

Southampton: K. Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, S. Davis, Djuricic, Mane, Long, Pelle. Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Gardos, Ward-Prowse, Elia, Reed, Targett

Watch Live: Leicester City vs. Southampton (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Leicester City host Southampton at the King Power Stadium (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra) on Saturday with the Foxes eager to keep their surge up the table going.

Nigel Pearson’s men have enjoyed an incredible resurgence in recent weeks after winning five of their last six matches to move them off the bottom and out of the bottom three. Leicester know a win could move them up to 14th place and will be calling on their fans to create a lively atmosphere, once again.


As for Southampton, they sit in seventh place heading into this one but have won just one of their last five away games as Ronald Koeman’s men have suffered with injuries in the final weeks of the season.

In team news Leicester, predictably, is unchanged from the team which beat Newcastle last week. Southampton bring in young goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga for Kelvin Davis, while another youngster, Harrison Reed, starts in midfield.


Leicester City: Schmeichel, Morgan, James, Vardy, Albrighton, Huth, Schlupp, Cambiasso, Ulloa, Mahrez, Wasilewski. Subs: Schwarzer, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Hammond, Nugent, Kramaric

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, Reed, S. Davis, Elia, Mane, Pelle. Subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Gardos, Long, Djuricic, Targett, Gallagher

Sunderland 2-1 Southampton: Two penalties clinch big win for Black Cats

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Sunderland beat 10-man Southampton 2-1 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, as two penalty kicks from Jordi Gomez did the damage.

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Gomez scored a spot kick in the first half but Sadio Mane popped up 74 seconds later to equalize for Saints. Less than 10 minutes into the second half James Ward-Prowse was sent off for fouling Jermain Defoe in the box and Gomez stepped up to secure the win despite a late rally from Saints.

With the victory Dick Advocaat’s side remain in 18th but are just a point from safety, while Saints are in seventh and are now four points off fifth place.

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After an even start Sunderland went ahead as Danny Graham was scissor kicked in the face by Jose Fonte and referee Mike Jones pointed to the spot. Gomez stepped up and slotted home past Kelvin Davis to make it 1-0 to the home side after a bright start.

Moments later it was 1-1 as Fonte’s long ball forward saw Costel Pantilimon come rushing out of hos goal but the Romanian goalkeeper was clattered into by his own defender, John O’Shea, and the loose ball fell to Mane who swept home his seventh goal of the season. 1-1 and less than a minute had passed between the two strikes.

As the first half wore on, Sunderland looked more likely to take the lead as Patrick van Aanholt pulled back a great ball to the penalty spot but Connor Wickham sidefooted his effort over. Graziano Pelle headed a chance over after Ryan Bertrand’s cross from the left for Saints but Kelvin Davis was forced into two saves from Wickham and Sebastian Larsson before the break as the Black Cats piled on the pressure.

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In the second half Saints missed a good chance as half time substitute Filip Djuricic should have done better. In the 55th minute a moment that changed the game arrived as Ward-Prowse was sent off for appearing to take down Jermain Defoe and Saints’ midfielder was sent off.

Gomez stepped up and scored his second spot kick of the match to make it 2-1, but on second viewing it appeared harsh on Ward-Prowse, and Saints, to give the penalty and Ronald Koeman was livid with the referee. Mane was replaced by Eljero Elia in the second half and Saints pushed hard to find an equalizer but Jack Rodwell could have wrapped the game up for Sunderland but squandered a great chance.

For Saints, Djuricic saw his effort from close range blocked and late on Steven Davis saw his effort brilliantly saved by Pantilimon as Sunderland held on for the win.


Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, Cattermole, Larsson (Rodwell, 82′), Wickham, Gomez, O’Shea (Vergini, 31′), Graham, Coates, Defoe (Johnson, 82′)

Goals: (Gomez 21′, 55′)

Southampton: K. Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Alderweireld, Wanyama (Davis, 66′), Ward-Prowse, Long (Djuricic, 45′), Mane (Elia, 70′), Pelle

Goal: Mane (22′)