EPL : Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino

EPL : Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino

EPL : Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino

Hughes played for Southampton for nearly two seasons towards the end of his career.

The final straw for the Saints board was the spineless 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday when Pellegrino accused some of his players of giving up.

They are now one of six clubs who are seen to be in the thick of fighting it out for the last two relegation spots.

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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.

With eight matches left in the Premier League season, Southampton have made the decision to sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino after a awful run of form.

The Welshman was sacked by Stoke in January with the Potters in the bottom three, having posted comfortable mid-table finishes in his previous four seasons in Staffordshire and three of those in the top half.

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Add to that the fact that Manchester United are also very impressive at home and this could be a tough game for the visitors. Jose Mourinho has blasted "the worst manager in the history of the Premier League " for his views on Marcus Rashford .

Southampton have won only once in their last 17 EPL outings, though the team have qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Pellegrino was one of our main losers of the weekend, and Hughes could be the man to replace him. Hughes is well known to be a "players' coach" and could inspire a complete shakeup at St Mary's in the final months of the season.

Former Liverpool coach Pellegrino was tasked with building upon Claude Puel's work when he took over last summer. At this point they will do whatever they can to secure their Premier League status.

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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.

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