Mark Hughes the favourite for Southampton job after Mauricio Pellegrino is sacked

  • Mark Hughes the favourite for Southampton job after Mauricio Pellegrino is sacked

Mark Hughes the favourite for Southampton job after Mauricio Pellegrino is sacked

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier believes Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked because of his negative style of football.

After 30 games in charge, and just five League wins, Southampton have sacked Mauricio Pellegrino, leaving Everton fans begging the Saints" to take "Big Sam' Allardyce off of their hands.

The defeat at Newcastle was one of the low points of the season for the Saints, with Pellegrino saying after the game: "I haven't seen my team compete in this way this season, without the spirit you need to compete at this level".

Hughes has taken charge of almost 450 Premier League matches for Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway", Southampton said.

Saints hope to have a new manager in place before facing Wigan on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

As The Guardian wrote at the time, Puel "did not fall short of the reasonable expectations that Southampton could have had when they appointed him less than a year ago, he just failed to meet their admirably unreasonable ones".

The ex-Watford boss was immediately made the stand-out favourite to take over at St.Mary's stadium after Pellegrino was relieved of his managerial duties on Monday, but reports have since suggested otherwise.

Mark Hughes has been named as the "leading candidate" for the vacant Southampton manager's position, not Marco Silva.

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.

Southampton were among the clubs credited with interest in Silva last summer, after the 40-year-old narrowly failed to keep Hull City in the Premier League.