Southampton have confirmed that they have "parted company" with manager Mark Hughes after just one league win this season.
Hughes has been among the favourites to leave his job for most of the season, and even a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at the weekend could not save his job.
Saints had led that game 2-0 but they were unable to hang on for what could have been a vital three points in not only their relegation battle but Hughes' bid to save his job.
Hughes has overseen just one win so far in this Premier League season, which sees Southampton in the relegation zone and the club has taken the decision to relieve him of his duties in order to get a new man in place for the January transfer window.
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Sam Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Everton.
A name well known among English football fans, Sam Allardyce implements an effective style of football which may be what is required at Southampton to stay up.
The 63-year-old guided Everton to a top-half finish last season despite flirting with relegation during the early part of the campaign, before the Toffees elected to hand Marco Silva the job in the summer.
Allardyce has success on his CV after guiding Bolton and West Ham to the Premier League. He would also go onto manage Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the Premier League alongside a short stint as England boss.
He is someone who has been heavily praised by former players for his preparation for matches and his use of sport science to try and get the best out of players - but Jose Mourinho did label his football 'from the 19th century' when his Chelsea side faced the Hammers in January 2014.
the Premier League, joining Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp as the only managers to do so.