|underweststand added 11:15 - Nov 26|
it's clear the majority of people posting here will only want Hughes sacking - and who would argue with that ? His record is one of the worst since ....I don't know when.
Well Jeremy Wilson in the Telegraph argues.. maybe not yet. Wilson writes in a sane and sensible manner and his move to the Telegraph (from the Echo) doesn't mean that he has lost contact with the jungle telegraph (oops - no pun intended) in and around SMS.
For whatever (untold) reason Messers Reed and Hunter are history now, but it does leave Saints without the footballing nous that they had during their time at the club, and that shouldn't be easily discounted. Mark Hughes takes the blame for the poor showing this season, but I don't put all of the blame on him as much as those players who have consistantly "let the side down" with those mad moments that inevitably lost us games.
Gabbiadini. Long (and Austin in some measure) have wasted countless chances to score in a side that has created more chances than any club outside the top six, yet yielded less goals than most others in the League. Stupid defensive errors have cost us most of all, and sadly the "usual suspects " have been Hoedt and Cedric. Failure to mark key players and too much "ball watching at set pieces" are the main cause.
We can change the back line as much as we want, but there is no adequate replacement for Hoedt when in good form, but Fulham's winning goal was purely down to arrogance in trying to hold off a player when punting the ball into Row Z was the obvious option. Cedric is the least suitable person when it comes to marking a big striker at the back post once again - he has no chance, and someone else should have been there instead.
Admittedly the "good points" are the renewed performances from Redmond and Hojbjerg , whilst both Ings and Lemina do show commitment when they are properly fit.
Elyounoussi is showing up a bit and Stuart Armstrong's performance v. Fulham was a revelation, but a disappintment for a man who didn't deserve to be on the losing side.
However, I think Hughes may be with us a while longer. After all, he and his staff have 3 year contracts - and even a mauling against MU and Spurs won't be asa damning as a failure to win against the December games against three other lowly-placed teams.
A win over Leicester in the League Cup will be some sort of a reprieve - even if Man City are the next opponents, and a point from games against MU and Spurs will show we are turning the corner, but It remains to be seen if we will have a "Happy New Year" .
As Jeremy Wilson pointed out-sacking Hughes NOW will leave us without any "footballing nous" to choose the team...and the Board have time to find suitable managerial replacements for those who maybe awaiting their P45's to come in the post.