In the latest Southampton news, the south coast club are on the hunt for a new manager after parting company with Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday evening.

The Argentinean was appointed in the summer as Claude Puel’s successor but he has failed to get to grips with the demands of the Premier League.

Pellegrino was given the boot on Monday with Southampton sitting just one point and one place above the bottom three with just eight games left to play.

Southampton have struggled from the outset under the tutelage of Pellegrino and they had won just one of their last 17 Premier League outings prior to his sacking.

The struggling club are hoping to have a new manager in place before they take on League One promotion hopefuls Wigan in their FA Cup quarter-final clash on Sunday.

Their next two Premier League engagements come away from home and could prove key as they face fellow strugglers Swansea and West Ham.

However, Southampton then face a tough end to the campaign with fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester, Bournemouth, Everton and Manchester City.

Mark Hughes, who was sacked by Stoke in January, is understood to be a leading candidate for the board at St Mary’s.

The Welshman would face the unenviable task of trying to keep the Saints above the drop zone if he is handed the role until the end of the term.

Meanwhile, former Hull and Watford boss Marco Silva has also been linked with the vacancy, although reports also suggest he is wanted by Benfica in his homeland.

Silva only left his post with the Hornets in January, having taken over last summer, with Watford claiming that interest from Everton had affected his performance.