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Southampton sack manager Pellegrino

Southampton sack manager Pellegrino

Southampton sack manager Pellegrino

The Saints sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday evening following a run of just one win in 17 games.

It means Southampton are one point and one place above the relegation zone with eight games left this season.

Southampton's predicament, and the fact that Hughes is the strongest candidate that ticks their boxes, means that the 54-year-old manager holds some leverage over the club he played for more than 50 times in the 1990s. The Portuguese coach is available, having lost his job back in January, but will no doubt be conscious of a second successive Premier League relegation, having suffered the dreaded drop with Hull last season.

Former Liverpool coach Pellegrino was tasked with building upon Claude Puel's work when he took over last summer.

Silva impressed many with his ultimately fruitless attempts to guide Hull City to Premier League safety past year and he made a good start at Watford this season until an approach from Everton soured his relations with the club.

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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.

Saints will be hoping to appoint Pellegrino's successor quickly, with an FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan looming on Sunday.

It is believed Southampton aren't set to appoint Hughes imminently, while other candidates such as former Hull City and Watford manager Marco Silva, plus ex-West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, aren't now in the running.

So, who are the frontrunners to take over Southampton?

Pellegrino said: "The manager is the face of a lot of decisions and actions but I always tried to put the club first with my technical staff and the board behind me".

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