English Premier League: Southampton have sacked Mauricio Pellegrino

Dramatic changes to Premier League relegation odds after Saturday matches

Pellegrino took over at St Mary's on a three-year deal last June, but Southampton announced in a statement that they had parted company with the 46-year-old with the club only one place and one point above the relegation zone.

Frenchman Claude Puel was sacked after leading the team to eighth place and the League Cup final last term, and has since thrived after taking over at Leicester earlier this season.

He did, however, drive the club to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they face a trip to Wigan on Sunday.

Benfica are planning a run at former Watford head coach Silva should Rui Vitoria fail to win the Portuguese title.

Pellegrino leaves St Mary's having won just eight of his 34 matches in charge, but the Argentine has acknowledged that he can not dispute being sacked by the South-coast club. Hughes has never been relegated as a Premier League manager and with his former club Stoke also in the PL relegation battle with Saints, it may be a way to show his former employers what they're missing. Only three of their remaining eight league games are at home - and two of those are against Chelsea and Manchester City.

"But when you don't get results I understand the decision the club has to take".

Sacked Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino says there are "many reasons" for the club's recent struggles.

"Some moments we managed this, some moments we couldn't, but we have been living a hard season for many reasons".

The final straw for the Saints board was the spineless 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday when Pellegrino accused some of his players of giving up.

Southampton will play its next premier league game against Swansea City.

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