Pellegrino sacked: Southampton target Marco Silva as next manager

Southampton should replace Pellegrino with Mark Hughes - Robbie Savage

Hovering just one spot above the relegation zone Southampton are in danger of losing the top-flight status they acquired six seasons ago.

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".

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

In a statement released yesterday the club said that assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit had also parted company with the club.

"As far as the situation we are in at the moment, I think it makes sense to go with someone who has Premier League experience - who doesn't have to get to know a new set of players".

Pellegrino, only appointed in the summer, paid the price for Southampton's alarming recent form.

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And his experience in a relegation battle could serve him well at the Saints, who sit only a place and a point above the bottom three.

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.

Southampton have lost a large number of players to their domestic rivals in the past few years and club chairman Ralph Krueger said earlier in the season that they were keen to end the perception that they were a selling club.

As for Puel, he is now in charge at Leicester who, ironically, are eighth in the Premier League, the position that Saints were when they fired the Frenchman.

After the sacking of flop Argentinian Mauricio Pellegrino he placed the history making Hoops gaffer high among his list of replacements.