Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Southampton sack manager Pellegrino

Southampton sack manager Pellegrino

Saints were beaten 3-0 at Newcastle on Saturday and lie just one place and one point above the relegation zone.

The ex-Watford boss was immediately made the stand-out favourite to take over at St.Mary's stadium after Pellegrino was relieved of his managerial duties on Monday, but reports have since suggested otherwise.

"Unfortunately in the last couple of seasons, that hasn't been the case".

File image of Mark Hughes.

The Saints hierarchy pulled the trigger with eight games remaining as they attempt to cling on to their Premier League status.

The 54-year-old has managed Stoke, QPR, Fulham, Man City and Blackburn without ever being relegated from the top-flight, although it's fair to say that after the sleep-inducing football under Claude Puel and Pellegrino, Hughes doesn't represent the most inspiring of appointments.

The Frenchman had guided the Saints to the league cup final (their first appearance in a final for 14 years) and eighth place in the Premier League, not a bad balance sheet after one season in charge.

Hughes has been earmarked as a manager who could have an immediate impact, but who could also implement a longer-term philosophy which would enable more young players to come through the ranks.

"I think they probably should have sacked him in January after losing at Crystal Palace".

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.

Southampton are hoping to announce their new manager before they visit third-tier Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with their next league game not until 31 March when they travel to West Ham.

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.

Southampton has 29 goals in 30 games, winning only five of them.

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