Struggling Southampton fires manager Mauricio Pellegrino

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Southampton managed only one win in Pellegrino's last 17 Premier League matches at the helm, sliding to fourth from bottom in the table, one point above the relegation zone.

Whoever takes up the role will have a hard job on their hands to keep them in the English top-flight, especially as they still have to face Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

"But when you don't get results I understand the decision the club has to take".

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

Hughes played more than 50 times for Southampton in the late 1990s and his appointment would end a run of four non-British managers after Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman, Puel and Pellegrino.

Like Hughes, Silva was sacked by a Premier League club in January - in his case Watford - and he has also been linked with a move back home to Portugal to take over at Benfica next season.

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Pro Soccer Talk understand that Mark Hughes is the overwhelming favorite to take charge of Saints after they fired Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday following a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle where he accused his players of "giving up" during a awful display.

Slaven Bilic and Marco Silva, two other recently fired Premier League managers, are not thought to be in the running.

They are in the FA Cup quarter-finals but have five away games out of their last eight in the league.

He will have eight games to ensure Southampton avoid relegation.

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.

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