Southampton fire coach Mauricio Pellegrino

Tricia Pearson
March 14, 2018

An abject display in a 3-0 defeat to relegation rivals Newcastle United proved the final straw, that result leaving the side with just one win in their last 17 Premier League games.

While the Saints will undoubtedly want to book their semi-final ticket in the FA Cup this weekend, Hughes will be delighted that he has a good amount of time to work with his squad before they face the absolutely vital clash with West Ham on the final day of the month.

They had won once in 17 games, with eight matches left this season.

The Welshman was sacked by Stoke in January after four-and-a-half years, having previously managed Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR.

"I feel so sorry to leave the club in this situation", the Argentinian wrote on the club's official website.

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They earned a bid thanks to an Atlantic 10 Tournament championship and have won eight of their past nine games. The Wolverines were ranked seventh in defensive rebounds and 11th in offensive rebounds in their league.

"I think that was probably something that, looking back with hindsight, the club would probably regret, trying to keep him in the summer", said Le Tissier, who scored 209 goals for Southampton during his 16 years at the club.

Former head coach Mauricio Pellegrino says that he "understands" why Southampton have made the decision to end his time at St Mary's.

Of this season's contrasting fortunes, Pellegrino said: "We have been living a hard season for many reasons". "I wish everyone all the best for the rest of the season, I have enjoyed an wonderful experience and I know that Southampton has everything required to move forward".

Mark Hughes is firmly in the driving seat to take over at Southampton as the south-coast club look for a Premier League veteran to steer them to safety.

As reported by The Scotsman, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' achievements in his first two seasons in Glasgow have lead to some strong interest from Premier League club Southampton.

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