Mark Hughes frontrunner to replace Pellegrino at Southampton

Doug Mendoza
March 15, 2018

Pellegrino, who took over from Frenchman Claude Puel in June, "parted company" with Southampton on Monday after a 3-0 loss to Newcastle at the weekend left them with just one win in their last 17 Premier League games.

According to Sportitalia, former Milan and Torino Coach Mihajlovic has received a call about the role.

Hughes began his managerial career with the Wales national team and subsequently managed Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR.

The Premier League club Southampton are searching for a new coach and the Croatian Slaven Bilic is on their radar.

It's understood that they hope to appoint a successor by Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan and that their intention is to find a long-term replacement, not an interim one as other clubs in their position often consider.

Once a Southampton player, Hughes has unfortunately developed a reputation for being a spending manager - having often brought in a substantial amount of players during his reigns with the aforementioned teams.

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Sinisa Mihajlovic has reportedly been contacted for the Southampton job, but Mark Hughes remains the favourite after Mauricio Pellegrino's dismissal.

Hughes played for Southampton for nearly two seasons towards the end of his career.

Southampton have now won just once in 17 league matches.

Given that the Saints only have eight league games to go then club legend, and caretaker, Kelvin Davis could well be an option until the end of the season.

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.

Whoever is appointed will be the club's fifth permanent manager in the five years since Mauricio Pochettino, now Spurs manager, replaced Nigel Adkins.

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