Hughes in for Saints role

Southampton have achieved only one victory in the last 17 fixtures at the Premier League when they defeated West Bromwich Albion 3-2 on February 3.

Slaven Bilic and Marco Silva, two other recently fired Premier League managers, are not thought to be in the running.

With Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman, Claude Puel and Pellegrino the last four managers at Southampton, hiring an experienced, British PL boss will be a big shift in direction from Saints.

So, who are the frontrunners to take over Southampton?

With just eight matches to the end of the season, English premier league side Southampton have sacked Manager, Mauricio Pellegrino.

Information obtained by Pro Soccer Talk from a source close to the situation revealed that Southampton aim to have their new manager in charge before this weekend.

Pellegrino was sacked last night after the Saints dropped to one point above the relegation zone and won only one of their last 17 Premier League games.

Hughes was dismissed by Stoke City just two months ago, with the Potters in the bottom three following a poor run of form.

Pellegrino managed only five wins in his 30 league games with Southampton following his arrival in June.

Hughes has only been out of work since losing his job as Stoke boss in January, but he could now make a swift return to management as Southampton seemingly line up a move to bring the Welshman back to the South Coast. Previously, he has worked for Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Manchester City, and Blackburn Rovers. They also need to contend with the FA Cup, where they face Wigan Athletic in the quarter finals.

Hughes played for Saints between 1998 and 2000 and they believe that he has the experience to steer the club away from the relegation zone.

Vanessa Coleman