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Under pressure: Mark Hughes

Under pressure: Mark Hughes

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Under pressure: Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes insists he has no concerns about his future as Southampton manager following the sacking of vice-chairman Les Reed.

Struggling Saints have wielded the axe on Reed and technical director Martin Hunter in a bid to re-energise their ailing fortunes.

After narrowly avoiding Premier League relegation last term, the south coast club are doing little better this season and sit 16th in the table having mustered just seven points from 11 matches.

Saints boss Hughes, appointed in March, feels the boardroom departures will not adversely affect his own position.

"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 ahead of tomorrow's clash with Watford at St Mary's.

"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."

Reed headed football-related matters at St Mary's since 2010 - a period in which Saints rose from League One to finish as high as sixth in the top flight.

Southampton announced his departure yesterday morning, while Hughes confirmed director Hunter - a close ally of Reed - had also left.

"Although it's a sad situation for Les - and Martin Hunter who's been very supportive in my time here - the club will move on," added Welshman Hughes.

"We will envisage to get a positive run of results because clearly that's one of the reasons why decisions have been made."

Belfast Telegraph