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Southampton considering Paulo Sousa approach?

Southampton considering Sousa approach?
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Southampton are reportedly considering whether to appoint Paulo Sousa as a replacement for manager Mark Hughes.

Southampton have reportedly identified Paulo Sousa as a potential replacement for Mark Hughes.

The Welshman successfully kept the Saints in the Premier League last season, but the 55-year-old has now only won five of his 26 games in charge at St Mary's.

Southampton have also recorded just eight points from their opening 13 matches in the top flight during the current campaign, and it has led to speculation over Hughes's position.

According to The Times, Sousa has emerged as an option for the south coast outfit, with the Portuguese having impressed the club's owners while at Chinese club Tianjin Quanjin.

The report claims that Sousa was present at Southampton's 3-2 defeat to Fulham last weekend, and the former Swansea City, Leicester City and Fiorentina man is the club's preferred choice to replace Hughes should the team's form not improve in the upcoming games.

Southampton play Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in their next two fixtures.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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