Everton fans beg Southampton to take Allardyce after Pellegrino sacking

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The defeat at Newcastle was one of the low points of the season for the Saints, with Pellegrino saying after the game: "I haven't seen my team compete in this way this season, without the spirit you need to compete at this level".

The former Watford boss is one of the early bookmakers favourites to succeed Mauricio Pellegrino at St Mary's, after the Argentine's sacking on Monday.

Hughes quickly overtook Silva at the top of the market last night, with the Welshman cut to just 4/11, although he's now hovering around the 1/2 mark in the betting.

It is Hughes, though, who is the early favourite to be handed the task of rescuing the club from their parlous situation only a couple of months after he was sacked by Stoke City.

Given that the Saints only have eight league games to go then club legend, and caretaker, Kelvin Davis could well be an option until the end of the season.

"He has never been relegated as a Premier League manager".

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Like Hughes, Silva was sacked by a Premier League club in January - in his case Watford - and he has also been linked with a move back home to Portugal to take over at Benfica next season.

If Southampton are prepared to wait until the summer in their search for a new long-term manager they would no doubt boost their chances of luring over a boss who is now in employment.

Southampton have won only once in their last 17 EPL outings, though the team have qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Southampton has 29 goals in 30 games, winning only five of them.

The club sit 17th in the league on 28 points, a point ahead of Crystal Palace and Stoke, with eight games left to play.

― Reuters picLONDON, March 13 ― Southampton's refusal to sell defender Virgil van Dijk in the close season had disrupted their Premier League campaign which ultimately led to manager Mauricio Pellegrino being sacked, former club captain Matt Le Tissier has said.

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