Belfast Telegraph

Upbeat Hughes vows to deliver Saints to Premier League safety


By Robert Jones

Mark Hughes says he's excited by the challenge of keeping Southampton in the Premier League.

Hughes succeeds Mauricio Pellegrino, who was sacked on Monday evening after just nine months in charge with Saints languishing one point and one place above the relegation zone.

The Welshman has only eight games to secure Southampton's top-flight status but is bullish about his prospects at a club where he made 60 appearances in his playing career between 1998 and 2000.

He said: "The objective clearly is to remain in the league and make sure we're a Premier League club next year.

"It's a challenge I'm excited by. It's a great opportunity to come back to a club I know well and a club I've got real affinity with."

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