March 17, 2018

Southampton fire coach Mauricio Pellegrino

14 March 2018, 05:50 | Ken Black

Dramatic changes to Premier League relegation odds after Saturday matches

Guido Carrillo of Southampton battles for possesion with Kurt Zouma of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium

With eight matches left in the Premier League season, Southampton have made the decision to sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino after a awful run of form.

Whoever takes up the role will have a hard job on their hands to keep them in the English top-flight, especially as they still have to face Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

Well, it would appear that Mark Hughes has been installed as favourite to take over.

"I have to say thanks to Ralph (Krueger, club chairman), to the board, to Les (Reed, executive director) and Ross (Wilson, director of recruitment and scouting), all my technical staff and all the Southampton employees".

Pellegrino had replaced the now-Leicester City manager Claude Puel last summer after the Frenchman was dismissed despite a strong top-half finish and a League Cup runners-up medal.

Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Newcastle left the Saints just a point outside the relegation places with only eight games of the Premier League season remaining.

Southampton's next match is an FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan on Sunday, before a crunch clash with relegation rivals West Ham at the London Stadium on March 31.

Silva impressed many with his ultimately fruitless attempts to guide Hull City to Premier League safety previous year and he made a good start at Watford this season until an approach from Everton soured his relations with the club.

From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day, I tried to give back to the club and tried to represent the club with pride.

Pellegrino leaves St Mary's having won just eight of his 34 matches in charge, but the Argentine has acknowledged that he can not dispute being sacked by the South-coast club.

They are now one of six clubs who are seen to be in the thick of fighting it out for the last two relegation spots.

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