Instant Southampton next manager odds: Marco Silva early favourite

Instant Southampton next manager odds: Marco Silva early favourite

Instant Southampton next manager odds: Marco Silva early favourite

"The club can confirm it has parted company with Mauricio Pellegrino", a club statement read.

Hughes played more than 50 times for Southampton in the late 1990s and his appointment would end a run of four non-British managers after Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman, Puel and Pellegrino. The club also sacked two of Pellegrino's assistants.

Additionally, the club revealed that assistants Carlos Compagnucci and Xavier Tamarit have also left the PL side. Southampton are just one point and one place above the relegation zone in the Premier League, and have eight games left this season to retain their top-flight status.

Southampton sacked Mauricio Pellegrino last night in a desperate attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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.

Ralph Krueger, the Saints chairman, offered his full backing to Pellegrino in January, sympathising with the knock-on effect of Virgil van Dijk's protracted transfer to Liverpool, but a chastening 3-0 defeat by Newcastle on Saturday proved a tipping point.

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Silva has been linked with Portguese giants Benfica for next season, but it remains to be seen if he could turn down the chance to return to the Premier League.

Southampton take on Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals this Sunday and due to the upcoming global break, they don't have another Premier League match until March 31 when they travel to London to face West Ham United.

The Saints now sit one point above the bottom three with eight matches remaining in the 2017/18 PL season.

'The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway'. The south-coast club made a decision to act two days after a 3-0 loss at Newcastle, after which Pellegrino said some of his players "gave up".

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier, meanwhile, said in reply to a fan calling for him to take the reigns: "With all my coaching experience i think not!"

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