Silva ruled out as Southampton's leading candidate named

Aubrey Yates
March 13, 2018

Southampton fired manager Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday in a bid to stop the team sliding out of the English Premier League.

Southampton dismissed Pellegrino yesterday after just one victory in 17 league games under the manager.

However, news of the sacking of Pellegrino from Southampton, who are one place and one point outside the relegation zone, has left Everton fans begging the Saints to take their manager.

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.

"We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton, and wish them well for the future", the statement said.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway", Southampton said.

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The team, who are now one point outside the relegation zone, have taken on the form of their coach in recent months in that they've become nearly entirely anonymous, with no recognisable approach or identity to speak of.

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".

Hughes guided Stoke to top 10 finishes for three successive seasons from 2013 to 2016 but the club was in the relegation zone when he was sacked after an FA Cup third round defeat at the hands of League Two (fourth tier) Coventry City.

Former Watford boss Marco Silva instantly emerged as the frontrunner to succeed the Argentine on Monday night.

But rather than opt for a short-term option until the end of the season, The Daily Echo reports that Southampton are instead eager to find a long-term successor for Pellegrino.

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