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Hughes set to be appointed Southampton manager

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Mark Hughes is set to be appointed manager of relegation-threatened Southampton, Press Association Sport understands.

Saints sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday with the side languishing 17th in the Premier League after an embarrassing 3-0 loss at fellow strugglers Newcastle.

The club have acted swiftly to get in a new manager before Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan, with ex-Stoke boss and former Saints player Hughes set to be appointed.

Press Association Sport understands the club is hoping to announce the Welshman on Wednesday, with an initial deal until the end of the season likely.

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