Widely regarded as a curious appointment in the first place, Manuel Pellegrino has been sacked by Southampton with just eight games left of the season. The south coast club are hovering just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

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John Pierce
1 Posted 12/03/2018 at 21:02:29
We could generously give them Sam!
Brent Stephens
2 Posted 12/03/2018 at 21:09:52
You're a cruel bastard, John!
Ken Kneale
3 Posted 13/03/2018 at 07:31:30
We could also offer a couple of so called 'defenders' to smooth the deal John suggests. Any names come to mind?
Liam Reilly
4 Posted 13/03/2018 at 08:03:20
It would appear Silva is one of the favourites and bearing in mind that we'll struggle to attract the top talent out there in the summer, Moshiri needs to decide quickly if this guy is worth pursuing again.
Ray Roche
5 Posted 13/03/2018 at 08:08:17
Liam, it will be interesting to see if Silva is approached and if so, does he take the job. If he refuses, well maybe he has another job lined up. Interesting, eh?
Daniel Lawrence
6 Posted 13/03/2018 at 08:16:25
Silva is Benfica-bound, apparently.
Paul Ward
7 Posted 13/03/2018 at 12:11:29
If there are any fans I feel sorry for, it is Southampton fans. This club has sold so many top players in the last few years, for no other reason than greed, to the highest bidders which are their competitors in the Premier League.

If we have difficulty finding a good manager, the Saints have no chance. As a club, Southampton are an absolute disgrace.

Steve Hopkins
8 Posted 13/03/2018 at 12:56:30
1 win in 17 against........you guessed it, Everton
Jay Wood

9 Posted 13/03/2018 at 13:43:28
Steve @ 8.

Not quite correct. Our 4-1 tanking at Southampton was game 13 in the Premier League season, way back on 26 November.

In their 17 Premier League games in the last 4 months since then, they have won just one more game, away to West Brom on 3 February.

Yes. There are teams worse than Everton in the Premier League...

Steve Hopkins
10 Posted 13/03/2018 at 16:09:49
Fair enough Jay, I got bored scrolling back on the Beeb results pages and assumed it was us, doesn't feel like it was as long ago as that. I doubt their win against WBA was as comfortable as against us though
Bill Gienapp
11 Posted 13/03/2018 at 17:56:25
A sobering reminder of how quickly fortunes can change in the Premier League.

Two years ago, Southampton finished sixth, qualified for the Europa League and appeared to be in the midst of an impressive ascent under Koeman.

Now they're on the brink of relegation (and I think there's a good chance they may go down, unless this new manager sparks some serious fight in them).

David Barks
12 Posted 13/03/2018 at 18:29:09

It should only serve as a sobering reminder of what happens when a club continually sells away their best players in order to make profits and under the deluded belief that their system is what matters and not the need for talented footballers. Just look at the players they've let go only in the past few years, and even only to Liverpool!! Sane, Lallana, Van Dijk, Clyne, Lovren all at Liverpool.

Expand that outside just that club across the park and you have Luke Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin (was good for them), Jay Rodriguez (was very good for them), Chambers. They just sell off a player once he has value to pocket all that cash and just try to exist in the Premier League with the riches that come with it. No ambition to do anything more than that. Wouldn't miss them from the league at all.

Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 13/03/2018 at 19:37:46
IT looks like Mark Hughes has got the job.
Andrew James
14 Posted 13/03/2018 at 23:34:15
Won't miss them mainly as we get done there every season.

Ugly little modern ground, fans are unrealistic, board takes the mick every summer.

Fired Nigel Adkins unfairly likewise Puel so have no sympathy when their managers walk out on them. They're now paying for years of cynical decisions.

But while WBA are gone, Stoke and Palace are still likely candidates. Hope the former are more so after Saturday...

Phil Walling
15 Posted 14/03/2018 at 19:11:20
The only fans I feel sorry for are Everton's!

All we have to look forward to is an endless procession of sub-standard managers – each one less impressive than the last.

William Cartwright
16 Posted 16/03/2018 at 17:40:27
Is Silva still available? Anyone know the latest gossip?
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
17 Posted 17/03/2018 at 17:42:54
Just look at the players they've let go only in the past few years, and even only to Liverpool!! Sane, Lallana, Van Dijk, Clyne, Lovren all at Liverpool.

So where are the neighbours going to get their players in the future.

They're doomed, I tell ye, doomed.

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