In Need of a Saint: 6 Candidates to Replace Mauricio Pellegrino As Southampton Battle Relegation

Another manager bites the dust. Southampton have parted ways with Mauricio Pellegrino after the Argentine won just eight of his 34 games on the south coast, drawing 13 and losing 13. 

The former Alaves boss leaves St. Mary's having won just once in the Saints' last 17 league games, leaving them just a point above the drop zone with eight games left to play. 

The errors in Pellegrino's managerial methods have been clear for a while now, but after a dismal performance away to Newcastle recently, the 46-year-old has been given his marching orders. 

It may be too late for any of them to have an impact, but here are six candidates to replace the Argentine on the south coast.

6. Graham Potter

The Ostersunds boss has had a stellar start to his managerial career in Sweden, taking the club from the fourth tier of Swedish football to the Allsvenskan, as well as winning the Swedish Cup and qualifying for the Europa League in doing so. 

Potter recently saw his side get knocked out of Europe by Arsenal on aggregate, but did in fact beat the Gunners at the Emirates as he announced himself to the wider footballing world. 

An outside the box appointment he may be, but it could be a shrewd decision. 

5. Louis van Gaal

The former Manchester United boss has been without a job since being sacked from his Old Trafford post, and seemingly has no intention to take up another job as he seeks 'revenge'. 

Van Gaal declined an offer to manage the Belgium national team in order to continue receiving compensation from United, proving that the Dutchman is prioritising money over another career move at the moment. 

A move to Southampton could be a way to show United what they're missing, however, so van Gaal could be tempted.  

4. Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers departed England in 2015 after being sacked by Liverpool, but has since restored his reputation in Scotland with Celtic, winning four trophies in his first year and a half with the club.

The former Swansea boss also saw his side go 65 domestic games unbeaten, breaking a 100-year record for consecutive domestic victories in what is an extremely expressive feat. 

Despite some jokes about his ego, the 45-year-old still has a decent reputation in England after flying high with Swansea and almost winning the title with Liverpool in 2014. His appointment on the south coast could be a popular one. 

3. Frank de Boer

The former Ajax man was interviewed for the St. Marys' hot seat in the summer after the sacking of Claude Puel, but the club opted to appoint Pellegrino instead. 

De Boer ended up at Crystal Palace and set the record for the worst start in Premier League  history with the Eagles after losing his first four games without seeing his team score. 

The Dutchman was sacked after those four games and now needs to restore his reputation, but Southampton need an instant impact. 

2. Marco Silva

The Portuguese boss was in high demand after Hull's relegation at the end of last season, and a stunning start to his Watford career only enhanced his glowing reputation. 

However, a poor run of results led to his dismissal from Vicarage Road, although the majority felt that his sacking was an unfair one. 

The former Olympiacos boss has been linked to Benfica, but after almost saving Hull against all odds, Southampton could do worse than offer Silva a contract. 

1. Mark Hughes

Hughes is currently the front runner for the vacant Southampton post, which is strange considering the way his Stoke side performed before his departure from the club. 

The former Fulham and QPR boss would surely only be a stop gap for the Saints before they undergo a more thorough search for a boss in the summer, but Hughes has never really been considered as a relegation firefighter type. 

It could be a very, very risky move.