Southampton close in on Mark Hughes as new boss

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Whoever takes up the role will have a hard job on their hands to keep them in the English top-flight, especially as they still have to face Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

Hughes is understood to be keen to return to management and believes Southampton to be a well-run club blessed with talented players that he had targeted - and missed out on - during his time with Stoke. Click the right arrow above to see who the favourite is, according to SunBet odds...

The South Coast club are on the lookout for a new boss after sacking Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday evening.

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino nine months after appointing the Argentine as the successor to Claude Puel. There have been a few must-win games that Southampton have not won.

As reported by The Scotsman, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' achievements in his first two seasons in Glasgow have lead to some strong interest from Premier League club Southampton.

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Hughes certainly has the Premier League managerial experience the Saints are said to be after.

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.

In an open letter provided by the Daily Echo, the 46-year-old said: "From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day, I tried to give back to the club and tried to represent the club with pride".

Premier League survival is the main aim but whoever takes over could well be just 180 minutes from leading Saints to a major cup final.

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

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