Southampton begin search for new manager after sacking Mauricio Pellegrino

Nathan Redmond of Southampton looks dejected after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park

Southampton begin search for new manager after sacking Mauricio Pellegrino

Southampton parted ways with Pellegrino on Monday after a run of just one win in 17 Premier League games, with Saints one place and one point above the relegation zone.

News of Pellegrino's dismissal on Monday follows the Saints' 0-3 loss last weekend away to Newcastle United, their fourth consecutive league match without a victory.

Last night the club confirmed Pellegrino had been relieved of his duties as first-team manager, and the 46-year-old leaves them just one point above the relegation zone with eight matches left to be played.

"I think that was probably something that, looking back with hindsight, the club would probably regret, trying to keep him in the summer", said Le Tissier, who scored 209 goals for Southampton during his 16 years at the club.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway", Southampton said.

Former Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is reportedly the leading candidate to replace the sacked Mauricio Pellegrino as Southampton manager.

He has also managed Wales, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers Fulham and Queens Park Rangers - and is behind only Arsène Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson, Harry Redknapp, David Moyes and Sam Allardye on the list of most Premier League games. And to think, they sacked Claude Puel for finishing 8th.

Saints chief Reed sees his brand of attacking football, ability to improve players - like Rodgers dramatically has at Celtic since May 2016 - and tactical nous as being perfectly suited for the St Mary's Stadium.

"With a three-week gap before the next Premier League game, they realised this was their last chance to make a change as it did not seem they were going to get themselves out of danger as nothing was changing on the pitch".

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