Matt Le Tissier has told talkSPORT he has no interest in taking the Southampton job following the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino with just eight games to go in the Premier League season. Hovering just one spot above the relegation zone Southampton are in danger of losing the top-flight status they acquired six seasons ago.
Hughes has taken charge of almost 450 Premier League matches for Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke.
Pellegrino was appointed last summer to replace Claude Puel, who was adjudged to have performed poorly in his lone campaign in charge of Southampton, but the current Leicester boss ensured the Saints were never fearing relegation.
In a statement released yesterday the club said that assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit had also parted company with the club.
So they hired Pellegrino, and nine months on they must be regretting their decision.
But Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph reports that Saints have "prioritised the need for Premier League experience and an immediate ability to galvanise their flagging squad".
Southampton have lost a large number of players to their domestic rivals in the past few years and club chairman Ralph Krueger said earlier in the season that they were keen to end the perception that they were a selling club.