Southampton begin search for new manager after sacking Mauricio Pellegrino

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino on the touch line during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino on the touch line during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park

A former Southampton striker, he was seriously considered for the Southampton job way back in 2004 when Paul Sturrock eventually replaced Gordon Strachan.

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino nine months after appointing the Argentine as the successor to Claude Puel.

Eight games to the end of the season, relegation threatened Southampton football club of England have parted ways with their head coach, Mauricio Pellegrino.

Southampton have won just one of their last 17 league matches - against bottom club West Brom - with Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Newcastle proving to be the final straw.

Two of Pellegrino's top assistants, Carlos Compagnucci and Xavier Tamarit, were also let go.

Pellegrino, only appointed in the summer, paid the price for Southampton's alarming recent form.

As for Puel, he is now in charge at Leicester who, ironically, are eighth in the Premier League, the position that Saints were when they fired the Frenchman.

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

Hughes has been out of work since being sacked by Stoke City in January, but the club had previously recorded three consecutive finishes of ninth before sliding last season to 13.

Silva impressed many with his ultimately fruitless attempts to guide Hull City to Premier League safety previous year and he made a good start at Watford this season until an approach from Everton soured his relations with the club.

"There are all sorts of managers mentioned; Mark Hughes has a lot of Premier League experience and I think that will count in his favour".

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