Southampton in talks with Hughes

Southampton in talks with Hughes

The 46-year-old has paid the price for a dismal run of form that has seen the Saints win just one of their past 17 matches.

Southampton, yet to appoint Pellegrino's replacement, travels to Wigan Athletic in the last eight of the FA Cup on Monday (AEDT), before a key away league clash with West Ham on 32 March (AEDT).

Former Stoke City Coach, Mark Hughes, and former Watford manager - Marcos Silva have been linked to the job.

Pellegrino managed only five wins in his 30 league games with Southampton following his arrival in June.

Hughes is understood to be keen to return to management and believes Southampton to be a well-run club blessed with talented players that he had targeted - and missed out on - during his time with Stoke.

Given that the Saints only have eight league games to go then club legend, and caretaker, Kelvin Davis could well be an option until the end of the season.

Southampton, who are the ninth Premier League club to change manager this term, are in their sixth straight season in the top flight and have not finished lower than 14th in that time.

From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day, I tried to give back to the club and tried to represent the club with pride.

"Some moments we managed this, some moments we couldn't, but we have been living a hard season for many reasons".

Argentine coach, Pellegrino was appointed 9 months ago, but a 3-0 defeat in the hands of Newcastle on Saturday, seems to have informed the club's decision to end its relationship with the former Argentine worldwide.

Sacked Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino says there are "many reasons" for the club's recent struggles.

The Frenchman had guided the Saints to the league cup final (their first appearance in a final for 14 years) and eighth place in the Premier League, not a bad balance sheet after one season in charge.

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