Southampton fans call for Leonardo Jardim to replace Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes, Manager of Stoke City looks dejected during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Bet365 Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Mark Hughes has won one of eight Premier League games for Southampton this season - and Leonardo Jardim has just left Ligue 1 giants Monaco...

Mark Hughes, Manager of Stoke City looks dejected during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Bet365 Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

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.

Monaco's Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim celebrates at the end of the French L1 football match Monaco vs Nantes on April 7, 2018 at the 'Louis II Stadium' in Monaco.

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?

Monaco's Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim waves to supporters on May 21, 2017 in Monaco, during a celebration to mark the club winning their first French Ligue 1 title in 17 years.

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