Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Here's why Southampton sacked Pellegrino

Here's why Southampton sacked Pellegrino

The Saints sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday after one win in 17 games left them a point and a place above the Premier League relegation zone.

They have won just five league games this season and their 3-2 victory at West Bromwich Albion, who are bottom of the table, in February is their only league win since November. Hovering just one spot above the relegation zone Southampton are in danger of losing the top-flight status they acquired six seasons ago.

Hughes has taken charge of almost 450 Premier League matches for Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke.

Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also left the club.

"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".

The sacking of Pellegrino raises questions once more about Southampton's decision to fire Puel last summer.

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Le Tissier, who played 443 league games for Southampton over a 17-year stint, added blame should not just lie at the door of the manager, and wants the next boss to bring fresh impetus to the under-performing players.

The 54-year-old has managed Stoke, QPR, Fulham, Man City and Blackburn without ever being relegated from the top-flight, although it's fair to say that after the sleep-inducing football under Claude Puel and Pellegrino, Hughes doesn't represent the most inspiring of appointments.

Given that the Saints only have eight league games to go then club legend, and caretaker, Kelvin Davis could well be an option until the end of the season.

According to both Sky Bet and Oddschecker Mark Hughes is the favourite to be the next Southampton manager.

The former Alaves coach did lead the south-coast club into the FA Cup quarter-finals, with the now-managerless side set to visit third-tier Wigan in the last eight on Sunday.

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