New Southampton manager Mark Hughes is relishing his return to the club he initially joined as a player 20 years ago.
The robust centre-forward enjoyed a glittering career, winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups.
By his own admission, at 34 he joined Saints with his powers on the wane, but still made 60 appearances over two seasons at The Dell, helping preserve the club’s Premier League status.
Now Hughes inherits the same mission from the dugout, with just eight league games to save Saints’ season, and can’t wait to familiarise himself with the south coast again.
“I’m really excited by it,” said the boss. “I haven’t been back to the city for a long time, so it’s going to be great to reacquaint myself.
“I love the area; when I was down here it was a great time.
“Sometimes the football was a little bit of a challenge and I probably came here at the wrong time of my career, towards the back end of it.
“I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, but maybe my strengths were failing at that point.
“We had some good times here and some good players. I enjoyed my moments here and there’s more to come, I feel.”