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    Southampton make contact with former AC Milan manager

    As per a report from Italian outlet SportItalia this evening, the Southampton board have contacted former AC Milan and Fiorentina boss Siniša Mihajlović over the club’s vacant managerial role, following the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino last night.


    46-year-old Argentinian tactician Pellegrino arrived at St. Mary’s in June of last year, following the sacking of Claude Puel.

    The former Liverpool defender had managed the likes of Valencia, Estudiantes and Alaves before his arrival at Southampton, but never seemed truly capable of laying down his blueprint with the Saints.

    To this point in the Premier League season, Southampton have picked up just 28 points from 30 games, leaving the club just a place and a solitary point above the English top flight’s relegation zone.

    It should be noted that the Saints finished in a hugely impressive 8th-place under Claude Puel last season.


    However, despite the club having picked up just 1 win from their previous 16 games ahead of their clash with Newcastle at the weekend, the board at St. Mary’s had, to the surprise of many, stuck with Pellegrino.

    But a 3-0 drubbing at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the South American, with Southampton having announced via the club’s official website and social media channels last night that they had parted ways with Pellegrino with immediate effect:

    Serbian Saint?

    The 18 hours since Southampton’s announcement has seen a clear favourite emerge to take over at St. Mary’s, in the form of former Stoke City boss Mark Hughes (Marco Silva has also been mentioned).

    But, as per the aforementioned report from SportItalia, the board at St. Mary’s have put a backup plan in place in the case that they fail to lure Hughes to the club.

    And the backup plan comes in the form of former Lazio and Inter Milan midfielder Siniša Mihajlović, who has run the rule over 7 clubs since delving into the managerial field in 2008.

    Mihajlović, 49, most recently took charge of Serie A outfit Torino, following a year in charge of AC Milan.

    However, he was relieved of his duties by the Granata in January of this year, following an underwhelming first-half of the season.

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