Pellegrino sacked: Southampton target Marco Silva as next manager


Pellegrino sacked: Southampton target Marco Silva as next manager

The Saints are mired in a relegation battle right now, and it seems nearly impossible that Rodgers would give up clinching another treble for a survival scrap, meaning Southampton may need other targets in mind.

According to The Scottish Sun, Southampton have eyed up Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers as a potential replacement for sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

― Reuters picLONDON, March 13 ― Southampton's refusal to sell defender Virgil van Dijk in the close season had disrupted their Premier League campaign which ultimately led to manager Mauricio Pellegrino being sacked, former club captain Matt Le Tissier has said.

A run of only one win in 17 Premier League matches has left the Saints sitting just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

In a statement released yesterday the club said that assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit had also parted company with the club.

"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".

Pellegrino, only appointed in the summer, paid the price for Southampton's alarming recent form.

"He has never been relegated as a Premier League manager".

"As far as the situation we are in at the moment, I think it makes sense to go with someone who has Premier League experience - who doesn't have to get to know a new set of players".

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.

Southampton have won only once in their last 17 EPL outings, though the team have qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.