Former Stoke boss Hughes in talks to become next Southampton manager

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino on the touch line during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park
Dramatic changes to Premier League relegation odds after Saturday matches
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14 March, 2018

Mauricio Pellegrino said he was sorry to leave Southampton in danger of relegation after becoming on Monday the ninth Premier League manager this season to lose his job.

The Argentine coach was only appointed last summer but has overseen a disappointing campaign with the Saints now just one point outside the relegation zone.

Pellegrino is the fourth Manager to handle Southampton in five years, having taken over from Claude Puel.

Pellegrino did lead Southampton into the FA Cup quarter-finals, where they will play third-tier Wigan Athletic on Sunday, but the priority for whoever takes over for the rest of the season will be to preserve their top-flight status.

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.

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They now have only one win in seven and have conceded 11 goals in the last three matches, plus there is total civil war breaking out between fans and club.

Southampton is set to turn to an experienced Premier League manager to save them from sleepwalking into relegation. 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.

Pro Soccer Talk understand that Mark Hughes is the overwhelming favorite to take charge of Saints after they fired Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday following a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle where he accused his players of "giving up" during a terrible display.

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier believes Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked because of his negative style of football.


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