MARK Hughes is the early favourite to take over as Saints boss after Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked.

The Welshman has taken charge of clubs including Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City in his career, as well as the Wales national team.

As well as playing for Saints, the striker had spells at huge clubs including Manchester United, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich.

We took a look through the archives and found some brilliant pictures from his playing career.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the photographs.