Matt Le Tissier: Mauricio Pellegrino was too negative at Southampton

Pellegrino sacked: Southampton target Marco Silva as next manager

Le Tissier added the Virgil van Dijk saga in the summer, where the club refused to sell the defender to Liverpool before a big-money move to Anfield in January, may have disrupted Southampton in the first half of the season.

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino nine months after appointing the Argentine as the successor to Claude Puel.

Southampton are on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Mauricio Pellegrino with only eight games of the Premier League campaign remaining.

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.

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

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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.

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

They are in the FA Cup quarter-finals but have five away games out of their last eight in the league.

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.

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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