Mark Hughes will always be remembered as the man who strutted into Southampton in March, gave the Saints’ under-performing players an almighty kick up the backside and dragged the South Coat club over the line to Premier League survival.
But is Hughes the man to really take Southampton forward in the long term? Perhaps not.
The Welshman has won one of eight Premier League games in 2018/19 with The Saints looking a shadow of the side who thrilled neutrals and bloodied the big boys during the reigns of Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman.
So no wonder their increasingly unhappy fans have taken to Twitter now that Leonardo Jardim has suddenly become available.
Just 17 months after leading Monaco to a stunning Ligue 1 title triumph, not to mention the semi-finals of the Champions League, the highly-rated Venezuelan has left the principality club by mutual consent, according to The Guardian, with Thierry Henry the favourite to take over his former team.
Jardim has paid the price for a disastrous start to the season, with Monaco picking up six points from nine games, but the thrilling attacking football, not to mention the trophies he brought to the Stade Louis II, will not be forgotten any time soon.
Jardim is a manager with a proven track record, not only at Monaco but Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos too. So his availability is something Southampton should consider, right?
@SouthamptonFC let’s get the “Southampton Way” back on track and appoint Leonardo Jardim.— Patts (@APatts04) October 11, 2018
Done wonders at previous clubs (Monaco) and is available.
Attacking football with young players ,the way u portray the club is run #saintsfc
If Jardim gets sacked from Monaco, is it worth a punt? Works well with youngsters and plays attacking football? #SaintsFC— Sam Weber (@webesa) October 10, 2018
Would be perfect for us. Reckon the attraction of the premier league & our academy would appeal to him. Wish you hadnt suggested this, now i want it to happen— Matt (@MattElgar14) October 10, 2018
They’ll never break through under Hughes. Our model doesnt suit managers like Hughes. Needs a manager like Poch, Jardim, Rogers etc.. to make it work. Problem is, they’re few and far between— Matt (@MattElgar14) October 10, 2018
@SouthamptonFC please hurry and sack mark hughes! Then get Leonardo Jardim!!— Dewey (@ddeewweeyy) October 11, 2018
If Southampton had anything about em, they'd get rid of Hughes asap and try break the bank for Jardim— . (@zonalmista) October 9, 2018
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