English Premier League: Southampton have sacked Mauricio Pellegrino

Argentine coach, Pellegrino was appointed 9 months ago, but a 3-0 defeat in the hands of Newcastle on Saturday, seems to have informed the club's decision to end its relationship with the former Argentine worldwide.

Former Watford boss Marco Silva has been linked with the role, but is reported to be considering other offers, while ex-West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has expressed an interest in the job as he seeks a return to management.

It is something that has been bubbling away and has been talked about by Southampton fans for a while. He did, however, drive the club to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they face a trip to Wigan on Sunday.

Premier League survival is the main aim but whoever takes over could well be just 180 minutes from leading Saints to a major cup final.

'Initial refusal to sell Van Dijk cost Pellegrino' Southampton's refusal to sell defender Virgil van Dijk in the close season had disrupted their Premier League campaign which ultimately led to manager Mauricio Pellegrino being sacked, former club captain Matt Le Tissier has said.

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.

A 3-0 defeat at relegation rivals Newcastle over the weekend left Southampton just one place and one point above the bottom three and Pellegrino's axing was confirmed on Monday.

However before that Hughes had several short-term stints firstly in charge of the newly-funded Manchester City before moving on to both Fulham and QPR. Hughes is well known to be a "players' coach" and could inspire a complete shakeup at St Mary's in the final months of the season.

During his 30-match tenure as Southampton manager, Pellegrino accumulated an overall record of 5 wins, 13 draws, and 12 losses; a record a bit weaker than his predecessor, Claude Puel (12 wins, 10 draws, and 16 losses). At this point they will do whatever they can to secure their Premier League status.

Vanessa Coleman

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