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Ronan Hughes: ‘Stirling loan has prepared me for Hamilton first team’

The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season at the Ladbrokes League Two club. Ronan Hughes admits a loan spell at Stirling was an eye-opener which has prepared him to step up to the Hamilton first team. The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season at the Ladbrokes League Two club and started this campaign in Brian Rice’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Betfred Cup opener against Queen’s Park. Hughes, whose team face Clyde on Wednesday, said of his loan spell: “It has helped me a lot, I have matured a lot and understand the game a lot more, thanks to everyone at Stirling. “It’s different to playing for the reserves, I needed to play men’s football. “It’s a lot more physical. Players will leave a wee kick on you to let yo...

Aaron Hughes pays tribute to Michael O’Neill following retirement

Aaron Hughes has paid special tribute to Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill following his retirement from the game. The 39-year-old former captain announced his decision to hang up his boots after Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifying win in Belarus. Hughes earned 112 caps for his country, a record for an outfield player, and featured in the side that reached the Euro 2016 finals under O’Neill having reversed his 2011 decision to retire from international football. Hughes, who made his international debut in 1998 and led his country 48 times, said in a statement issued by the Irish FA: “I would like to thank all the managers who have selected me. Each and every one of them played a role and had a big influence. “From Lawrie McMenemy, who gave me my debut, to Sa...

Aaron Hughes “a little bit emotional” in final game as player

The Hearts defender told his international teammates of his decision to retire in the dressing room in Belarus. Aaron Hughes bid an emotional farewell to football after Northern Ireland‘s Euro 2020 qualifying win over Belarus. The 39-year-old, who did not make the matchday squad for the game, told his team-mates in the dressing room of his decision to end a career in which he won 112 caps for his country, 48 of them as captain, and played at Euro 2016. Though Hughes did not speak publicly, Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis – now only one cap behind Hughes after playing in the 1-0 win in Borisov – said: “Aaron spoke to us in the dressing room after the game and he was a little bit emotional, which is understandable. “He has been a huge player for us over many years, su...

England forward Nathan Hughes signs for Bristol

The number eight will leave Wasps at the end of the season. Nathan Hughes has signed a three-year deal with Bristol that will see him leave Wasps at the end of the season. The Fijian-born England number eight has been an integral part of the Wasps pack since arriving from Auckland in 2013 but has opted to depart the Coventry-based club for the 2019-20 campaign. “Nathan is a quality rugby player who brings physicality, power and brute strength to our game,” Bristol head coach Pat Lam said. 📝| @EnglandRugby international Nathan Hughes will join #BristolBears on 3⃣ year deal 🤩 Read more ➡️ https://t.co/Ak0QgifWI0#WelcomeNathan pic.twitter.com/um5cEXlI92 — Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) January 15, 2019 “At 27 years old, we’re excited about how much better he can become as we continue to grow a...

Ralph Hasenhuttl the front-runner to replace Hughes as Saints boss

Kelvin Davis expects Southampton to install a permanent manager to replace Mark Hughes before Saturday’s Premier League trip to Cardiff, with former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl the front-runner for the job. First-team coach Davis will take interim charge for Saints’ league trip to Tottenham on Wednesday after manager Hughes was sacked on Monday. Press Association Sport understands Hasenhuttl, who left Leipzig in the summer, is in pole position to replace the Welshman, with Sky Sports News reporting the 51-year-old has already agreed in principle to take the job. Davis admitted he expects the Southampton board to move quickly on securing a new permanent manager. #SaintsFC can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/EisJf8...

Premier League merry-go-round remains quiet despite Hughes’ departure

Southampton have parted company with Mark Hughes but this season is still on course to be a quiet one for managerial changes in the Premier League. Hughes becomes the second top-flight boss to lose his job this season, following Fulham’s sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic last month. That represents a quiet start compared to recent years and stands in marked contrast to last season, when six managers had left their roles – matching a 10-year high in the competition. (PA Graphic) Two more in January matched 2007/08’s record by that stage of the season and a late-season flurry led to a record season total of 15 changes. December has often been a busy month for changes, with multiple changes in seven of the 10 seasons before this and a peak of four in 2013/14 when Fulham, West Brom, Tot...

Hughes bemoans VAR call which denied Saints at Leicester

Mark Hughes was left to rue a VAR decision as Southampton went out of the Carabao Cup at Leicester. The Saints boss has been outspoken in his support for the introduction of the system recently, this month calling for the Premier League to emerge from the “dark ages” after his side were denied victory against Watford by a controversial refereeing decision. On Tuesday night, Hughes had a sense of injustice once more. Southampton thought they had broken the deadlock when a weaving run from Nathan Redmond was finished off by Steven Davis late in the tie, but the goal was ruled out by VAR after Redmond was adjudged to have handled the ball. “I am, and have been for a long time, an advocate of VAR. In recent weeks we have demanded it be introduced immediately, so we can’t complain too much,” sa...

Southampton boss Mark Hughes ‘given one match to save job’

Southampton will consider bringing an early end to Mark Hughes’s short St Mary’s tenure should they suffer defeat to Fulham next weekend, according to a report. Mark Hughes has reportedly been informed by Southampton bosses that his position is under intense scrutiny ahead of Saturday’s trip to fellow Premier League strugglers Fulham. The pressure has grown on the Welshman following a disappointing start to his first full campaign at St Mary’s Stadium, seeing his side claim just eight points from the first 36 on offer. Hughes, who has won five of his last 32 matches as a top-flight manager with the Saints and Stoke City, is preparing his side for next weekend’s trip to a Fulham side who themselves made a change in the dugout during the international break, swa...

Hughes set to make England return against Australia

The Wasps forward has been serving a six-week ban. Nathan Hughes is poised to make his England comeback in Saturday’s autumn finale against Australia after completing his six-week ban. Hughes missed the opening three Quilter Internationals after being suspended for punching and conduct prejudicial to the interest of the game, the latter charge incurred for tweeting “what a joke” at the disciplinary process. The Fijian-born Wasps forward is likely to be involved in the matchday 23 named by Eddie Jones on Thursday and will supply a ball-carrying threat at number eight where Mark Wilson and Zach Mercer have been providing cover. 🌹Nathan Hughes is added to the 28-man England squad ahead of Saturday’s Test against Australia. ➡️ https://t.co/3OcTDzDziS pic.twitter.com/piG...

Southampton boss Mark Hughes ‘given one match to save his job’

Southampton will reportedly sack under-fire manager Mark Hughes if they fail to beat Watford at St Mary’s on Saturday. Southampton are reportedly ready to sack manager Mark Hughes if they fail to win Saturday’s Premier League match against Watford at St Mary’s. The Saints have won just one of their opening 11 Premier League games including an ongoing run of seven without a victory, during which time they have picked up just three points from the last 21 on offer. Sunday’s 6-1 drubbing at the hands of champions Manchester City leaves Southampton 16th in the Premier League table, just a point clear of the relegation zone. Hughes’s side have also failed to score from open play in any of their last six Premier League matches, with their only goal in that time comi...

Hughes demands more from his attacking players

Southampton boss Mark Hughes has challenged his forwards to do their job and deliver goals again as he prepares to give Manchester City something to worry about on Sunday. The Saints may have tightened up at the back in recent weeks, but following successive 0-0 draws they have now not scored in the Premier League for five matches. Hughes believes an adjustment to decision making at crucial moments is key as Southampton look to up their conversion rate at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, when chances are likely to be few and far between. “Clearly there comes a point where you have to demand from your front guys, goals is what sustain attackers. The reality is we have not scored enough from key personnel who need to do their job for us,” the Southampton manager said. “We have got to find a way...

Hughes dismisses talk of ‘little old Bournemouth’

Southampton boss Mark Hughes says Bournemouth can no longer be regarded as top-flight minnows as Eddie Howe’s men challenge at the top of the Premier League. The Cherries have made a fine start, winning five of their eight games to sit sixth entering this weekend, when they host Hughes’ Saints. Asked about Howe’s impact at Bournemouth, who have been a top-flight club since being promoted as winners of the Championship in 2014-15, Hughes pointed to the Cherries’ expenditure, which this summer included the club-record purchase of £25million midfielder Jefferson Lerma. “He’s been there a long time. He’s got longevity. That helps if you’re trying to build a club,” Hughes said. “He’s benefited from significant investment as well. It’s not ‘little old Bournemouth’. They have spent a lot of money...

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