Mark Hughes early favourite to replace Mauricio Pellegrino as Southampton manager

14 March, 2018, 05:52 | Author: Laura Christensen
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The 46-year-old has paid the price for a dismal run of form that has seen the Saints win just one of their past 17 matches.

Argentine coach, Pellegrino was appointed 9 months ago, but a 3-0 defeat in the hands of Newcastle on Saturday, seems to have informed the club's decision to end its relationship with the former Argentine global.

Like Hughes, Silva was sacked by a Premier League club in January - in his case Watford - and he has also been linked with a move back home to Portugal to take over at Benfica next season.

A 3-0 defeat at relegation rivals Newcastle over the weekend left Southampton just one place and one point above the bottom three.

Mark Hughes is the leading candidate for the vacant managerial position after Southampton prioritised the need for Premier League experience and an immediate ability to galvanise their flagging squad.

Pellegrino had replaced the now-Leicester City manager Claude Puel last summer after the Frenchman was dismissed despite a strong top-half finish and a League Cup runners-up medal.


Club chiefs will want to make an appointment quickly with an FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan on Sunday.

Slaven Bilic and Marco Silva, two other recently fired Premier League managers, are not thought to be in the running.

It is Hughes, though, who is the early favourite to be handed the task of rescuing the club from their parlous situation only a couple of months after he was sacked by Stoke City.

Pellegrino had won only once in 17 league games and his chopping and changing of the team did not lead to him finding the right blend. "I feel so sorry to leave the club in this situation but when you don't get results I understand the decision the club has to take".

In a statement, Pellegrino said: "From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day".

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