Southampton sack manager Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino has been sacked as manager of Southampton and Matt Le Tissier saw it coming

Mauricio Pellegrino has been sacked as manager of Southampton and Matt Le Tissier saw it coming

Saturday's humiliating 3-0 defeat at relegation rivals Newcastle was the final straw and prompted talks between members of the Saints hierarchy during the remainder of the weekend and yesterday that ended with him being told he was being dismissed before the squad were informed of the change.

The manager of Southampton Football Club, Mauricio Pellegrino, has been sacked.

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.

The club said in a statement they want to "appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already under way".

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

Rather than look for an interim manager to see them through to the end of the season before reassessing things Pellegrino's successor will be a permanent appointment.

Marco Silva, out of work since being sacked by Watford in January, could be considered again though any approach would be complicated by the fact he was overlooked by Southampton last summer in favour of Pellegrino and interest from Benfica.

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

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