Mark Hughes frontrunner to replace Pellegrino at Southampton

  • Mark Hughes frontrunner to replace Pellegrino at Southampton

Mark Hughes frontrunner to replace Pellegrino at Southampton

Sacked Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino says there are "many reasons" for the club's recent struggles.

Pellegrino, who took over from Frenchman Claude Puel in June, "parted company" with Southampton on Monday after a 3-0 loss to Newcastle United at the weekend left them with just one win in their last 17 Premier League games. He had previously been at Alaves.

Southampton dismissed Pellegrino yesterday after just one victory in 17 league games under the manager.

Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also departed St. Mary's.

"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".

If Southampton are prepared to wait until the summer in their search for a new long-term manager they would no doubt boost their chances of luring over a boss who is now in employment.

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

Another win in three weeks time against Huddersfield and I think the bookies would see NUFC as totally safe, though Rafa's players would still have to then add the necessary extra few points afterwards to back up that opinion.

It is believed Southampton aren't set to appoint Hughes imminently, while other candidates such as former Hull City and Watford manager Marco Silva, plus ex-West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, aren't now in the running.

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

With no league games for just under three weeks, Southampton have the flawless opportunity for a new manager to implement his methods before the crunch period continues.