Southampton legend Le Tissier: Pellegrino was too negative

Southampton legend Le Tissier: Pellegrino was too negative

Hughes has taken charge of almost 450 Premier League matches for Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke.

Such form has left Southampton languishing just one point and one place above the relegation zone with eight games of the season remaining, and The Telegraph reports that the club's board are now willing to change their managerial criteria in order to stay in the division.

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

Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the south coast club.

"I think that was probably something that, looking back with hindsight, the club would probably regret, trying to keep him in the summer", said Le Tissier, who scored 209 goals for Southampton during his 16 years at the club.

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

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 played more than 50 times for Southampton in the late 1990s and his appointment would end a run of four non-British managers after Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman, Puel and Pellegrino.

Former Watford boss Marco Silva was instantly linked with a swift return to the top flight, but he is no longer the favourite to take the job.

The former England boss is THE anti relegation specialist, becoming the firefighter to extinguish all relegation threatened Premier League blazes, having never been previously relegated in his career.

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