Southampton: Mark Hughes tipped as early favourite for Saints job

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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.

The club finished eighth in the Premier League previous year and reached the final of the League Cup.

The 46-year-old Pellegrino joined on a three-year deal in June last year, weeks after leaving Spanish team Alaves.

Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Newcastle United had left them a place and a point above the relegation zone and sealed the Argentine's fate.

"Some moments we managed this, some moments we couldn't, but we have been living a hard season for many reasons".

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Southampton will have to act quick to save their season and the early signs point towards a swift Prem return for Hughes".

As reported by The Scotsman, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' achievements in his first two seasons in Glasgow have lead to some strong interest from Premier League club Southampton.

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"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".

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino following a dismal run of form that has put the Saints firmly in the Premier League relegation mire.

Club chiefs will want to make an appointment quickly with an FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan on Sunday.

Like Hughes, Silva was sacked by a Premier League club in January - in his case Watford - and he has also been linked with a move back home to Portugal to take over at Benfica next season.

However, last night the Southampton board finally made a stand, sacking the man who has won just five of his 30 league games in charge.

The Welshman, who has also taken charge of Manchester City, Blackburn and QPR, played 52 league games for Saints in the late 1990s.

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