Report: Southampton closing in on Mark Hughes appointment

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Swansea City at St Mary's Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Southampton are closing in on the appointment of Mark Hughes, according to reports.

Mark Hughes, the Stoke City manager looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Southampton are set to finalise the details that will see Mark Hughes become the club's new manager by Wednesday, while the report has also named two of the coaches that the former Stoke City boss is set to bring with him.

The Saints have wasted little time trying to fill the void that Mauricio Pellegrino has left after he was dismissed earlier in the week with the club one place and one point above the bottom three in the Premier League.

A general view of St Mary's Stadium ahead of the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton, England.

It has been a miserable season for Southampton, and it is no surprise that the board have decided to act. While they remain in the FA Cup, and face a quarter-final with Wigan Athletic this weekend, they have managed just one league win since the end of November and were thrashed 3-0 by fellow strugglers Newcastle United last Saturday.

The Mail reports that the deal to bring Hughes in is getting close with the finer details being put together. And Hughes has similarly taken little time to start making plans regarding his backroom team.

Stoke City's Welsh manager Mark Hughes (L) speaks with assistant manager Mark Bowen (R) as he leaves at half time in the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and...

The Mail suggests that Mark Bowen will once again link up with Sparky, having worked with the Welshman several times before, while Eddie Niedzwiecki will also continue his long association with the former Southampton striker by coming in at St Mary's.

While the Saints will undoubtedly want to book their semi-final ticket in the FA Cup this weekend, Hughes will be delighted that he has a good amount of time to work with his squad before they face the absolutely vital clash with West Ham on the final day of the month. 

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