Southampton have dismissed Mauricio Pellegrino as their manager with just six days till their FA Cup Quarter Final tie at Wigan Athletic.

With just eight games of the season remaining, who could come up and rescue a team who has seen a dramatic fall in recent years despite domestic cup highlights?

Here are four potential candidates who could be the Saints’ saviour.

 

Ronald Koeman

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Could the Saints turn to their former Dutch leader at such a time of trouble?

Ronald Koeman is currently in charge of Netherlands national team but with the Oranje not qualifying for World Cup, maybe a brief return could be what’s needed to revitalise his former players till end of season.

Although he struggled at Everton this season, there is no doubt that the 54 year old will of learned from his flirtation with the drop at Goodison Park.

Koeman knows the club and players inside out so therefore would be a decent candidate for the position in short term and has Southampton’s best Premier League points per game average to boot. 

Either way, the club would have more time to look for a strong replacement to avoid repeat of last two seasons, if Koeman came back for the rest of this season. 

 

 

Slaven Bilic

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Out of a job since West Ham dismissed him in early November, Slaven Bilic has all the qualities needed to get Southampton out of this mess.

Last season saw him and the Hammers dangle around the relegation zone before eventually pulling clear to safety.

His preferred 3-4-2-1 formation would mean some changes at the back and in midfield, but maybe it could be the injection that the Saints need at this time to get them playing attacking football given their goal scoring struggles.

Although he isn’t likely to be high up on Southampton’s list, I wouldn’t mind seeing Bilic at St Marys.

 

Marco Silva

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Marco Silva is a bright and talented manager who really should still be at Watford, if Everton hadn’t derailed their season by trying to poach him.

His style is also a perfect fit for Southampton because he will get them playing with style and attack, which was missing a lot under Pellegrino.

He also knows what a relegation battle feels like, having experienced the heartbreak with Hull City last season.

I would consider him a strong favourite because he is a manager who will get his squad firing in the goals.

If get safety under his watch, I could see Southampton then rebuilding in summer with Silva at helm so a definite long term prospect available right here.

 

Mark Hughes

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The Welshman knows all about getting teams to safety, having spent several seasons guiding Stoke to midtable.

He has also kept five previous clubs in the top flight so has a proven 100% record and will be a strong candidate, in terms of survival bid.

I can see him being a possible candidate but next season, could he take the club somewhere fresh rather than just go midfield safety?

Southampton has a decent youth academy so what they need is someone who will motivate the squad to aim high, whilst bringing through youngsters.

In all honesty, I don’t really see Mark Hughes fitting the bill in long term but for now, he would be their best bet till summer.

 

If got any alternative candidates for the Southampton job, please comment below or head to our Twitter page to have your say.

 

 

 

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