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Marks Hughes signs 3 year contract as Saints' First Team Manager

Mark Hughes signs 3 year contract at Saints Photo: ITV Meridian

Southampton Football Club have confirmed Mark Hughes has signed a 3 year contact as First Team Manager.

The 54 year old will lead Saints into the new season and beyond.

According to the club Hughes and his team had a 'massive impact' from the first day on the players, staff and fans alike and was able to pull together everyone involved with the club.

Assistant First Team Manager Mark Bowen and First Team Coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also signed long-term contracts.

“Mark, Eddie and I are thrilled to have signed long-term contracts with the club. It was the only option we considered, having spent the last eight weeks with the club.

“Now it is vital that we take the unbelievable support we received from the fans during the last few games into next season. The staff and the players will work hard every day to deliver the success this club deserves, and with everyone pulling together we will achieve our goals.”

– Mark Hughes, First Team Manager, Southampton Football Club

The former Wales, Manchester City and Stoke boss was tasked with keeping Saints in the Premier League when he took charge in March.

Southampton were a point above the drop zone when he replaced Mauricio Pellegrino. He went onto win 3 of his 10 games in charge - the most crucial being at Swansea - there a 1-0 victory in the penultimate game of the season, secured the Hampshire side's survival.

During Hughes' playing career, he made 61 appearances for Southampton and 72 appearances for Wales scoring 16 goals. He was the first player to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year award twice, in 1989 and 1991. He retired from playing in 2002.

His first managerial post was at Wales - he was appointed in 1999, remaining there until 2004. From there he went onto Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR before spending more than 4 years at Stoke - he was sacked from the Potters in January after an FA Cup third round exit to League Two side Coventry City.

When he first signed for Southampton, the Hampshire side sat one point above Stoke.