Three managers that could replace Mauricio Pellegrino now and keep Southampton up

Southampton slipped back into the Premier League relegation zone on Sunday following a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at St Mary’s and because of most of the other results elsewhere going against them, increasing the pressure on manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

The 3-2 win against West Bromwich Albion the previous weekend had moved Saints out of the bottom three and provided the under-fire Argentine with some much-needed respite, but while not too many of the south coast outfit’s fans would have been expecting too much against Jurgen Klopp’s side, it was more the manner of the loss that will concern them, and probably the board too.

The reverse against the Reds left them on 26 points with 11 games left to play, and with the likes of Huddersfield, Newcastle United and Swansea City all winning over the weekend it is starting to look as though it could possibly take 40 points to stay in the division.

Southampton have a crucial run of five top flight fixtures against Burnley, Stoke City, Newcastle United, Swansea City and West Ham United – four of which are away – coming up, and now may be time to relieve Pellegrino of his duties and bring in a new man who can make a difference.

Here are three managers that could replace Pellegrino now and keep Saints up…