English football club Southampton has announced the sacking of coach Mauricio Pellegrino, who joined the English Premier League (EPL) side in June 2017. Hovering just one spot above the relegation zone Southampton are in danger of losing the top-flight status they acquired six seasons ago.
And a 3-0 defeat away at Newcastle on Saturday was the final nail in the coffin.
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He eventually left the club in the summer, supposedly to retire, but ended his self imposed retirement to help Everton, who were flirting with the relegation zone, back in November of this season.
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The club said in a statement they want to "appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already under way".
As The Guardian wrote at the time, Puel "did not fall short of the reasonable expectations that Southampton could have had when they appointed him less than a year ago, he just failed to meet their admirably unreasonable ones".
"There are all sorts of managers mentioned; Mark Hughes has a lot of Premier League experience and I think that will count in his favour".
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.
The Argentine was unable to add more attacking flair to a team that struggled for goals toward the end of last season under Claude Puel, and fans have recently been calling for Southampton to play two strikers up front to be more of a threat.
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