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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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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