Marco Silva, Gordon Strachan and Mark Hughes in the frame to replace sacked Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 March 2018, 21:32

Southampton have sacked Mauricio Pellegrino following a woeful return of five wins from 30 Premier League matches.

Over the weekend the Saints sunk to a desperately disappointing 3-0 defeat away to relegation rivals Newcastle, which has in turn proved to be Pellegrino’s final outing, as he’s tonight (Monday) been sent to the Job Centre with the south coast side one point above the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

Many supporters will be annoyed at how long it’s taken the club to wield the axe given that they’ve only won one league game in 17 dating back to November.

With just eight league matches remaining the Saints now need a manager who can storm into St Mary’s and galvanize the confidence-crushed players, who had stopped playing for Pellegrino a long time ago.

Former Watford and Hull manager Marco Silva has been installed as the early favourite to come in and rescue Southampton, whose six year stay in the Premier League is under severe threat.

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Former Saints boss Gordon Strachan, who led the club to the 2003 FA Cup final, is also in the mix as are the likes of Slaven Bilic, Martin O’Neill, Mark Hughes and even Steve McClaren.

Southampton are next in action on Sunday away to League One side Wigan as they bid to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since the 2002/03 campaign under Strachan.

In a statement the Saints said:

"Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with first team manager Mauricio Pellegrino. Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first team Coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club.

"We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton, and wish them well for the future.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway."

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