Mauricio Pellegrino: Sacked Southampton boss says 'many reasons' for struggles

Southampton FC news Former Stoke boss Mark Hughes begins talks with Saints

Eight games to the end of the season, relegation threatened Southampton football club of England have parted ways with their head coach, Mauricio Pellegrino.

Southampton have won just one of their last 17 league matches and have only eight games to save their top-flight status.

Whoever takes up the role will have a hard job on their hands to keep them in the English top-flight, especially as they still have to face Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

Southampton are closing in on the appointment of Mark Hughes, according to reports.

With Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman, Claude Puel and Pellegrino the last four managers at Southampton, hiring an experienced, British PL boss will be a big shift in direction from Saints.

He did, however, drive the club to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they face a trip to Wigan on Sunday.

Former Stoke manager Hughes appears to be the front runner and despite the outstanding qualities of Rodgers being made clear in his time at Celtic, it looks like a switch back to the Premier League will be unlikely.

The club finished eighth in the Premier League previous year and reached the final of the League Cup.

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.

Southampton is in 17th place, a point and a place above the relegation zone.

Stoke are second favourites at 8/11 and unless they produce a real surprise result against Man City on Monday night, their odds are only going to shorten further. The Welshman, who has also taken charge of Manchester City, Blackburn and QPR, played 52 league games for Saints in the late 1990s.


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