Southampton begin search for new manager after sacking Mauricio Pellegrino

Southampton should replace Pellegrino with Mark Hughes - Robbie Savage

Southampton fired manager Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday in a bid to stop the team sliding out of the English Premier League.

It is added that former Hull and Watford boss Silva "is not understood to be in consideration" for the post, while ex-West Ham manager Slaven Bilic "is not prominent on the immediate shortlist".

Pellegrino, the 46-year-old Argentine, was dismissed from his position at St Mary's on Monday evening, on the back of just one victory in 17 league matches.

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.

Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club.

But Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph reports that Saints have "prioritised the need for Premier League experience and an immediate ability to galvanise their flagging squad".

The latest 3-0 defeat at relegation rivals Newcastle on Saturday proved to be the final straw for the Southampton hierarchy, with the club in danger of being relegated from the top flight for the first time since being promoted in 2012.

In a change from recent appointments, and with eight games remaining to ensure they are not relegated, Southampton are working to a different criteria than in the recent appointments of Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman, Claude Puel and Manuel Pellegrino.

But who will take on the challenge of keeping the Saints up?

Southampton should appoint Mark Hughes as their new manager until the end of the season, says Robbie Savage.

Saints will be hoping to appoint Pellegrino's successor quickly, with an FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan looming on Sunday.

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.



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