Southampton should replace Pellegrino with Mark Hughes - Robbie Savage

Ross Houston
March 13, 2018

Hovering just one spot above the relegation zone Southampton are in danger of losing the top-flight status they acquired six seasons ago.

SOUTHAMPTON are poised to test Brendan Rodgers' desire to stay as Celtic boss.

English football club Southampton has announced the sacking of coach Mauricio Pellegrino, who joined the English Premier League (EPL) side in June 2017.

The 46-year-old has paid the price for a dismal run of form that has seen the Saints win just one of their past 17 matches.

Welshman Mark Hughes was firming as the bookmakers' favourite to replace Mauricio Pellegrino as the south coast club's manager.

"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 said in a brief statement.

Now, it's claimed that Southampton are turning their attention to Celtic boss Rodgers, and may hope to lure him back to the Premier League after almost two years in Scotland.

Former Hull and Watford manager Marco Silva has also been linked with the job, and was in the running last summer when Pellegrino was appointed.

"Yes, you can lay the blame at the manager's door at how the team has played and been set but, but at the end of the day the players out on the football pitch have got to do the business".

Southampton have won only once in their last 17 EPL outings, though the team have qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Croat Bilic was dismissed by West Ham last November after more than two years in charge at the East London club, during which he led them to seventh and 11th place finishes in the Premier League.

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