Could former Saint Mark Hughes return to Southampton as manager?

Could former Saint Mark Hughes return to Southampton as manager?

Javier Howell
March 14, 2018

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

However, Southampton now have only one win from their last 17 PL matches and are bang in trouble.

They play at third-tier Wigan Athletic on Sunday in the FA Cup quarterfinal for a place at Wembley in the last four of the competition.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Southampton are set to finalise the details that will see Mark Hughes become the club's new manager by Wednesday, while the report has also named two of the coaches that the former Stoke City boss is set to bring with him.

The Argentine was relieved of his duties as manager after going 17 games with just one win. The Portuguese coach is available, having lost his job back in January, but will no doubt be conscious of a second successive Premier League relegation, having suffered the dreaded drop with Hull last season.

Argentine coach, Pellegrino was appointed 9 months ago, but a 3-0 defeat in the hands of Newcastle on Saturday, seems to have informed the club's decision to end its relationship with the former Argentine global.

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"I feel so sorry to leave the club in this situation, but when you don't get results I understand the decision the club has to take", he said.

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

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Of this season's contrasting fortunes, Pellegrino said: "We have been living a hard season for many reasons". The manager is the face of a lot of decisions and actions, but I always tried to put the club first with my technical staff and the board behind me.

Former Manchester United striker Hughes has history with Southampton after making 54 Premier League appearances for them between 1998 and 2000.