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There’s some serious beef between the former Stoke star and his ex-manager

It’s not looking good for Mark Hughes in his first Premier League game in charge of Southampton. 

Up against West Ham at the London Stadium, the home side duly went 2-0 up inside 25 minutes, with goals from super Joao Mario and Marko Arnautovic.

And while there’s nothing more to say about Mario’s strike other than it was a lovely finish, there was something far juicer about Arnautovic’s.

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As the former Stoke winger slotted the ball in, he seemed to gesture towards Hughes in the away dugout – pointing at his former manager before making the Hammers sign with his arms.

Robbie Savage certainly noticed it. 

It seems there’s still plenty of drama between the two.

In the summer – back when was in charge at Stoke – he sold Arnautovic to West Ham.

And back in December, after the Austria international scored against his former club, he claimed he did all he could to persuade the 28-year-old to stay with the Potters and questioned his decision to leave for the Hammers.

Hughes wasn’t happy with him when he scored against Stoke back in December

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Hughes wasn’t happy with him when he scored against Stoke back in December

He said: “Everybody has seen him and come up against him and I think he hoped he’d be going to the next level but that wasn’t the case.

“That’s why we argued ‘why are you going sideways when we would encourage you to go higher if that’s what you want to do?’”


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