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Southampton fire coach Mauricio Pellegrino

13 March 2018

The team are one point above the relegation zone after winning only once in 17 Premier League games and there is a strong feeling that they now need a manager who will have an impact, but potentially also fit with a longer term playing philosophy that gives younger players their chance. Hovering just one spot above the relegation zone Southampton are in danger of losing the top-flight status they acquired six seasons ago.

Hughes, who was sacked by Stoke six days into the New Year, made 52 Premier League appearances for Southampton between 1998 and 2000 under Dave Jones then Glenn Hoddle, scoring just two goals before moving on to Everton.

News of Pellegrino's dismissal on Monday follows the Saints' 0-3 loss last weekend away to Newcastle United, their fourth consecutive league match without a victory.

The team, who are now one point outside the relegation zone, have taken on the form of their coach in recent months in that they've become nearly entirely anonymous, with no recognisable approach or identity to speak of.

Welshman Mark Hughes was firming as the bookmakers' favourite to replace Mauricio Pellegrino as the south coast club's manager.

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So they hired Pellegrino, and nine months on they must be regretting their decision.

After the sacking of flop Argentinian Mauricio Pellegrino he placed the history making Hoops gaffer high among his list of replacements.

As for Puel, he is now in charge at Leicester who, ironically, are eighth in the Premier League, the position that Saints were when they fired the Frenchman.

As the paper points out "given the club's perilous position they will struggle to attract a leading manager", increasing the likelihood that the Saints will go marching into the Championship at the end of the season.

Former Watford boss Marco Silva instantly emerged as the frontrunner to succeed the Argentine on Monday night.

Southampton fire coach Mauricio Pellegrino