Southampton next manager odds: The favourites to replace sacked boss Mauricio Pellegrino

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino on the touch line during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park

According to The Scottish Sun, Southampton have eyed up Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers as a potential replacement for sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

With Southampton hovering above the relegation zone after one win in the last 17 Premier League games, Pellegrino has lost his job, with Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United proving to be his final game in charge.

However, news of the sacking of Pellegrino from Southampton, who are one place and one point outside the relegation zone, has left Everton fans begging the Saints to take their manager.

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Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also left the club.

Pellegrino, only appointed in the summer, paid the price for Southampton's alarming recent form.

Hughes has been out of work since being sacked by Stoke City in January, but the club had previously recorded three consecutive finishes of ninth before sliding last season to 13.

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"Yes, you can lay the blame at the manager's door at how the team has played and been set but, but at the end of the day the players out on the football pitch have got to do the business".

Le Tissier, who played 443 league games for Southampton over a 17-year stint, added blame should not just lie at the door of the manager, and wants the next boss to bring fresh impetus to the under-performing players.

Saints chief Reed sees his brand of attacking football, ability to improve players - like Rodgers dramatically has at Celtic since May 2016 - and tactical nous as being perfectly suited for the St Mary's Stadium.

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Southampton are hoping to make a quick appointment in time for their FA Cup clash with Wigan on Sunday.

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