Southampton close in on Mark Hughes appointment before Wigan clash

Lawrence Cooper
March 14, 2018

The Saints sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday evening following a run of just one win in 17 games.

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.

Former Stoke City Coach, Mark Hughes, and former Watford manager - Marcos Silva have been linked to the job.

Southampton have won just one of their last 17 league matches.

Interesting to look at the Premier League relegation odds after Saturday's action.

With Palace and West Ham on awful runs of form they are right in amongst it as well, maybe the Hammers now having the look of a club who unexpectedly collapses at the end of a season.

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"As you know, my period in Southampton has finished".

"From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day", Pellegrino said in a statement published by the club.

"For this reason, I would like to say sorry to our fans because we couldn't represent our club properly".

Of this season's contrasting fortunes, Pellegrino said: "We have been living a hard season for many reasons".

Southampton's predicament, and the fact that Hughes is the strongest candidate that ticks their boxes, means that the 54-year-old manager holds some leverage over the club he played for more than 50 times in the 1990s.

Pro Soccer Talk understand that Mark Hughes is the overwhelming favorite to take charge of Saints after they fired Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday following a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle where he accused his players of "giving up" during a terrible display.

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