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Southampton Sack Mauricio Pellegrino; Mark Hughes Appointed Til May

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Only won 8 games out of 34. Losing and drawing 13 each of the rest. Not been a pleasant time for him on the south coast at all. Must get a big payout though considering he didn't even last a year in to a 3-year contract.

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Marco Silva surely? Nobody else seems to make sense and be available.

About time Southampton got rid of him. Clearly not adapted well to the league and playing even worse stuff than Puel. However i think that Southampton job is difficult. Nowhere near as much talent at a managers disposable compared to previous years

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The writing's been on the wall for months, not sure what's kept him in a job for so long. After two bad appointments in Puel and Pellegrino, I wouldn't hold out much hope of a good appointment if I were a Southampton fan.

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1 minute ago, Smiley Culture said:

The writing's been on the wall for months, not sure what's kept him in a job for so long. After two bad appointments in Puel and Pellegrino, I wouldn't hold out much hope of a good appointment if I were a Southampton fan.

Was Puel really a bad appointment for them? Yes, his 'brand' of football was a bit dull given the performances, but 8th and a League Cup Final wasn't too bad for them was it?!

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They'd be foolish not to go for Silva, though it'll be interesting to see whether he waits to see if Everton sack Allardyce.

Southampton do need to inject some quality into their side, it's been declining for the past two seasons.

Its a shame because they had such a fantastic first few seasons back in this division with Pochettino and Koeman. Obviously the last two choices haven't been good ones and now they risk signing a manager good for the short term relegation battle but not for the long term.

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Hope they do get Marco Silva so people can stop talking about him taking us over. Relegated with Hull, sacked by Watford, relegated with Southampton ought to be enough for some of our fans to stop pretending he's somehow got a CV worthy enough to fix the mess at Goodison.

Hughes is favourite at 1/2 which would be another depressingly predictable Premier League appointment. "Hey we just sacked our last manager because he was getting us relegated. We should definitely replace him with another manager who got sacked recently because he was getting his last club relegated." Baffling how some of these club owners got so rich in the first place with such retarded logic.

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Mark Hughes is in advanced talks to become the next Southampton manager, Sky sources understand.

The 54-year-old, who made just over 50 appearances for Saints as a player, is the leading candidate to take over at St Mary's following the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday night.

Southampton are hoping to have Pellegrino's successor in place for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan Athletic.

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If they go for him then they deserve to go down. Be absolutely pathetic.

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9 minutes ago, FOYM said:

If they go for him then they deserve to go down. Be absolutely pathetic.

exactly what Sol Campbell would be thinking!

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Will he though? It was very unlikely that he'd have kept stoke up, relegation from all the way up until he got sacked. What suggests he would do better at saints? 

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Mark Hughes xD

He could be partially responsible for two sides going down.

He'll no doubt keep them up with a couple of wins and he's recovered from that shitshow at Stoke. I bet he can't believe his luck.

Easy to say now but they shouldn't have sacked Puel. While I'm not claiming he's a genius, I highly doubt they'd be that low in the table if they'd held onto him. He's also got a decent track record when he's been anywhere for a length of time.

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To be fair, be pretty funny to see Southampton go down less than 2 years after they started off about "why would Koeman go to Everton - sideways step at best" because they finished above us once.

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If it's just till the end of the season then yeah I reckon Hughes keeps Saints up, long term though a big no no.

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Mark Hughes appointed til end of the season.

Massively embarrassing and somewhat awkward if he still takes them down. 

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Mark Hughes will probably improve the standard of football Southampton have been playing this season to be honest. Obviously it's not saying much as they've been playing ridiculously dour football.

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I bet these saints players are depressed at this...

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Awful appointment, but I don't think there's any saving them this season.

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10 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Awful appointment, but I don't think there's any saving them this season.

Be good if he can do what did at Blackburn. 

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Just now, VanPaddy said:

Be good if he can do what did at Blackburn. 

That was 10 years ago though.

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3 hours ago, RandoEFC said:

Why do people think Hughes will keep them up? 

For the sole reason that new managers often get off to a good enough start. He could probably win two of their last eight and keep them up.

I'm amazed Southampton have entered this cycle. They were always a step ahead of the others I thought.

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Really disappointing appointment from a club that normally makes smart appointments and decisions.

They still have a better squad than everyone else down the bottom so with a sprinkle of new manager syndrome added they’ll probably stay up. 

If they stay up and still have the balls to bin Hughes off in the summer then that wouldn’t be the worst move in the world.

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Getting a man in on a short-term deal isn’t such a bad idea, though with Hughes, I wouldn’t be overly enamoured that he had the managerial capabilities to keep my side up, so this could come back and bite them. 

 

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3 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

The thing with being on a short term deal means that if he gets them relegated he's free to walk as opposed to being sacked. In other words, there is no desire to really bust a gut because for all we know, after keeping them up they could still cut ties and go with someone else.

True, however, I don’t think Hughes has a relegation on his CV (maybe QPR) and I imagine that’s his one and only line in interviews to try and impress. 

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12 minutes ago, Smiley Culture said:

True, however, I don’t think Hughes has a relegation on his CV (maybe QPR) and I imagine that’s his one and only line in interviews to try and impress. 

Because he’s usually sacked before it happens xD

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11 hours ago, RandoEFC said:

Why do people think Hughes will keep them up? 

I don't think it's anything specifically about Hughes and more just the fact that with Southampton's squad it should only take a not-disastrous job to keep them up. Like Marc said, the new manager bounce alone could be enough to get the couple of wins they need.

I refuse to believe players like Højbjerg, Hoedt, Bertrand, Gabbiadini etc aren't capable of playing twice as well as they have been. 

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