Southampton should replace Pellegrino with Mark Hughes - Robbie Savage

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As for Puel, he is now in charge at Leicester who, ironically, are eighth in the Premier League, the position that Saints were when they fired the Frenchman.

"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.

"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".

Hughes quickly overtook Silva at the top of the market last night, with the Welshman cut to just 4/11, although he's now hovering around the 1/2 mark in the betting.

Of their eight remaining league fixtures five are away from home and two of their home matches are against Chelsea and Manchester City.

Hughes certainly has the Premier League managerial experience the Saints are said to be after.

Pellegrino, 46, was appointed in June as the successor to Claude Puel.

Another boss who lost his job earlier in the season, Slaven Bilic (formerly of West Ham), features in the upper echelons of the market, as does Gordon Strachan who remains a popular figure on the south coast having previously led the Saints to an FA Cup final and 8th place finish.

Hughes has been earmarked as a manager who could have an immediate impact, but who could also implement a longer-term philosophy which would enable more young players to come through the ranks.

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. It would be considered a risk, but perhaps one that is worth taking.



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