Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Pellegrino sacked: Southampton target Marco Silva as next manager

Pellegrino sacked: Southampton target Marco Silva as next manager

Southampton should appoint Mark Hughes as their new manager until the end of the season, says Robbie Savage.

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, veteran Martin O'Neill and Koeman, who was named the new Netherlands coach last month, were among the outsiders for the job listed by bookmakers Skybet.

― Reuters picLONDON, March 13 ― Southampton's refusal to sell defender Virgil van Dijk in the close season had disrupted their Premier League campaign which ultimately led to manager Mauricio Pellegrino being sacked, former club captain Matt Le Tissier has said.

The saints have only won one of their last seventeen premier league games, a performance that sees them occupy 17th position on the league table with 28 points.

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Two of Pellegrino's top assistants, Carlos Compagnucci and Xavier Tamarit, were also let go.

"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 statement said.

Some observers were surprised when Southampton fired manager Claude Puel last summer after he guided the team to an eighth-place finish in the EPL and to the final of the EFL Cup, where they lost 2-3 to Manchester United.

"He has never been relegated as a Premier League manager".

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Southampton are not thought to be planning a swoop for Marco Silva as they eye up a replacement for the sacked Mauricio Pellegrino.

The Saints hierarchy pulled the trigger with eight games remaining as they attempt to cling on to their Premier League status.

Saints will be hoping to appoint Pellegrino's successor quickly, with an FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan looming on Sunday.

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