Southampton sack manager Pellegrino

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino on the touch line during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park

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

Hughes was sacked by Stoke in January after four and a half years, having previously managed Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR. The perennial Premier League boss spent five years with the Potters, his longest stint as a manager in the division.

After Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan Athletic, Southampton have a hard run of league games when the programme resumes after the global break.

"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".

In a statement published on Southampton's website on Tuesday, Pellegrino said: "From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day, I tried to give back to the club and tried to represent the club with pride".

The Saints were completely out of sorts under Pellegrino, winning just one of their previous 17 Premier League games.

Southampton were beaten 3-0 by Newcastle United at the weekend and head to West Ham United on March 31 in their next Premier League match.

With no league games for just under three weeks, Southampton have the flawless opportunity for a new manager to implement his methods before the crunch period continues. But when you don't get results I understand the decision the club has to take.

It is believed Southampton aren't set to appoint Hughes imminently, while other candidates such as former Hull City and Watford manager Marco Silva, plus ex-West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, aren't now in the running.

Pellegrino was appointed last summer to replace Claude Puel, who was adjudged to have performed poorly in his lone campaign in charge of Southampton, but the current Leicester boss ensured the Saints were never fearing relegation.

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