Southampton fans not fussed about finding Mr. Right - 'We need to stay up!'

13th Mar 2018

Southampton have finally parted company with manager Mauricio Pellegrino. The Saints are just one point and one place above the Premier League relegation zone with eight games left to play this season.

The search for a new boss is already underway - but who do the South Coast faithful want to see take charge? AskFans spoke to Laurence McJannet to find out...

I have to say I'm hugely relieved to see the back of Mauricio Pellegrino. Through his naivety he's made a group of mostly elite (OK, Championship) level players look like a bunch of Sunday leaguers. He should have gone after we lost to Crystal Palace but better late than never, right?

Now all that remains with eight games to go is to find a replacement. Do we need Mr Right? The manager who will be the perfect fit and take us into Europe? Right now I couldn't really care - the bottom line is we need someone who will keep us up. 

Mark Hughes and Marco Silva are already in the frame. My first thought was to avoid Hughes altogether - his insipid style of football is almost as painful to watch as Pellegrino's. But actually, he's never got a Premier League club relegated and will be hugely motivated to stick two fingers up at Stoke City, whom he could well send down in our place.

I was dubious about Silva too - he's likely to look elsewhere as soon as he achieves some semblance of success. You know what, knock yourself out Marco - if you keep us up you could go on to manage Portsmouth for all I care (though I realise that would be akin to career suicide).

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I actually rate him for the work he did at Hull, truth be told. If he kept us up, and we could keep his eyes from wandering, I'd be optimistic about the Saints' future.

However, I'm not sure I'd want to be stuck with Hughes if he did keep us in the Premier League, but it would be infinitely better than being stuck with him in the Championship.

Now Pellegrino's gone I'll happily take my chances with either. Maybe Arsene Wenger will be available before our next league game against West Ham at the end of the month...?


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