Southampton next manager odds: The favourites to replace sacked boss Mauricio Pellegrino

Florence Fletcher
March 13, 2018

Mark Hughes is the current odds-on bookmakers' favourite, while former Watford and Hull City boss Marco Silva is also said to be in the hunt.

The final straw for the Saints board was the spineless 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday when Pellegrino accused some of his players of giving up.

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.

But Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph reports that Saints have "prioritised the need for Premier League experience and an immediate ability to galvanise their flagging squad".

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

The 46-year-old arrived at St Mary's as the replacement for Claude Puel, who was sacked despite guiding Southampton to an eighth-placed finish and the League Cup final.

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As the paper points out "given the club's perilous position they will struggle to attract a leading manager", increasing the likelihood that the Saints will go marching into the Championship at the end of the season.

"I think they probably should have sacked him in January after losing at Crystal Palace".

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.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.

Southampton wish to get a new manager hired before their FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan, which will be played on Sunday, and Le Tissier joined talkSPORT to react to the sacking.

Southampton, who are the ninth Premier League club to change manager this term, are in their sixth straight season in the top flight and have not finished lower than 14th in that time.

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