Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino after last Saturday's 3-0 loss against Newcastle left the club just a point clear of relegation.
The Saints have endured a frustrating season under Pellegrino, who was only appointed last June. With just eight games left in the season, the board have taken the decision to try with a different man at the helm.
Claude Puel had secured a League Cup Final and top-half finish last season, but his style of play saw him sacked and replaced by Pellegrino.
The club confirmed the news in a statement today.
Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with First Team Manager Mauricio Pellegrino. Assistant Manager Carlos Compagnucci and Assistant First Team Coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club.
Sky Sports News are reporting former Stoke boss Mark Hughes is currently favourite for the job.