Robbie Savage tips Mark Hughes to replace Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton

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Southampton have eight matches remaining in order to retain their top-flight status, which they have held for the past five seasons, although they have tricky looking fixtures to navigate, including clashes with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

"When I do my maths, I don't waste too much time thinking this one is a must-win (game)".

Southampton Manager Mauricio Pellegrino during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St.James' Park on March 10, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

An abject display in a 3-0 defeat to relegation rivals Newcastle United proved the final straw, that result making it just one win in their last 17 Premier League games for Southampton.

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"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible", Southamtpon said in a statement on their website.

MARCO SILVA is the bookies' favourite to replace sacked Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

Additionally, the club revealed that assistants Carlos Compagnucci and Xavier Tamarit have also left the PL side. "I observed some players who gave up and we can not show this, to be honest", he told reporters at his post-match press conference. We already had a bit of pace with [Christian] Atsu and [Jacob] Murphy, and the ability and workrate of [Matt] Ritchie, but Kenedy is good on the ball, he does not give it away easily and he gives us more control. You can lose, you can play badly, but you have to show another face on the pitch. "This is the worst thing that we did today".

Southampton have been in the Premier League for six years and are yet to finish lower than 14th.

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