Mark Hughes has been sacked as Southampton manager after eight months in charge.

The Saints, who drew with Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, are 18th in the table.

Southampton confirmed the move in a statement, adding: “The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already under way.”

First-team assistant coach Kelvin Davis will take charge of the team for the game against Tottenham on Wednesday.

Hughes, who also had a spell at the south coast club during his playing career, joined Southampton in March, two months after being sacked by Stoke City.

The club were one point above the relegation zone at the time and the 55-year-old led them to safety last season by securing two wins from their last four games.

However, they have struggled again this season and, across his spell, have won just three of their 22 league games.

Before the draw against Manchester United, Southampton were beaten 3-2 by relegation rivals Fulham and knocked out of the EFL Cup on penalties by Leicester.

Along with Hughes, assistant first-team manager Mark Bowen and coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.

Mark Hughes record in the Premier League
Games Wins Draws Losses Goals for Goals against Win percentage
Blackburn 147 58 39 50 181 176 39.5
Manchester City 55 22 13 20 91 77 40
Fulham 38 11 16 11 49 43 29
QPR 30 6 6 18 33 54 20
Stoke 174 58 45 71 198 255 33.3
Southampton 22 3 8 11 20 38 13.6
TOTAL 466 158 127 181 572 643 34