Joey Barton has criticised Southampton’s appointment of Mark Hughes as their new supervisor, telling talkSPORT it highlights a worrying pattern with Premier League golf equipment.
Hughes’ return to St Mary’s – the place he was a participant from 1998 to 2000 – was confirmed on Wednesday night, succeeding Mauricio Pellegrino who was sacked by the membership on Monday after a run of 1 win in 17 league video games.
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The Welshman has eight video games to avoid wasting the Saints from relegation, with the membership presently sitting one level above the bottom-three.
He has solely signed a deal till the top of the season however Barton – who performed below the supervisor at Queens Park Rangers – has questioned the appointment after Hughes left Stoke City within the mire when he was sacked by the Potters in January.
Requested about his relationship together with his former boss, Barton stated: “I don’t assume it’s match for air on radio, however I’m very shocked.
“I used to be very, very shocked to see he was the favorite.
“I can perceive why Southampton would go for him, he’s obtained Premier League expertise, however I simply don’t get it.
“Perhaps that’s simply my expertise of him. That is someone I’ve labored with and we didn’t have an important relationship, so clearly I’m going to biased within the damaging in the direction of him.
“It units a worrying pattern whenever you have a look at the previous few managerial replacements within the Premier League. We’re not attracting the crème de la crème.
“Stoke Metropolis followers are most likely higher judges of Mark Hughes’ skill than me, however Stoke are comfortably within the backside three and I believe loads of that’s to do with Mark Hughes.”