Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Southampton legend Le Tissier: Pellegrino was too negative

Southampton legend Le Tissier: Pellegrino was too negative

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.

SOUTHAMPTON are poised to test Brendan Rodgers' desire to stay as Celtic boss.

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

The team are one point above the relegation zone after winning only once in 17 Premier League games and there is a strong feeling that they now need a manager who will have an impact, but potentially also fit with a longer term playing philosophy that gives younger players their chance.

Welshman Mark Hughes was firming as the bookmakers' favourite to replace Mauricio Pellegrino as the south coast club's manager.

The sacking of Pellegrino raises questions once more about Southampton's decision to fire Puel last summer.

"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".

Despite having being sacked by the FA in September 2017, the former Bolton boss was back in work in December 2017 taking over at Crystal Palace, where he ultimately helped achieve a 14th place finish for the Eagles.

Now, it's claimed that Southampton are turning their attention to Celtic boss Rodgers, and may hope to lure him back to the Premier League after almost two years in Scotland.

The Times says that top of Southampton's wishlist to succeed Pellegrino is Marco Silva, the former Watford and Hull City head coach, but he is in advanced talks with Benfica over a two-year deal.

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