Mark Hughes is in talks to develop into Southampton’s subsequent supervisor, Press Affiliation Sport understands.
With Saints languishing 17th within the Premier League having managed only one win in 17 top-flight matches, the membership sacked former Argentina worldwide Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday night.
Southampton are hoping to have Pellegrino’s successor in place for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final in opposition to Wigan and Press Affiliation Sport understands talks are underneath manner with former Saints participant Hughes.
Negotiations on a deal that fits Saints and Hughes are understood to have began, with outgoing supervisor Pellegrino sending an open letter to followers.
“I feel so sorry to leave the club in this situation,” the Argentinian wrote on the membership’s official web site.
“However when you aren’t getting outcomes I perceive the choice the membership has to take.
“As , my interval in Southampton has completed. From the start I attempted to do my greatest each single day, I attempted to provide again to the membership and tried to signify the membership with delight.
“Some moments we managed this, some moments we could not, however we’ve got been residing a troublesome season for a lot of causes.
“The supervisor is the face of lots of choices and actions, however I at all times tried to place the membership first with my technical workers and the board behind me.
“The followers have been behind us even in troublesome video games and I’m actually grateful in your help in these conditions.
“I’ve to say due to Ralph (Krueger, membership chairman), to the board, to Les (Reed, govt director) and Ross (Wilson, director of recruitment and scouting), all my technical workers and all of the Southampton staff. Additionally to my gamers, who revered me in each single second.
“I wish everyone all the best for the rest of the season, I have enjoyed an amazing experience and I know that Southampton has everything required to move forward.”
Southampton had been thrashed Three-Zero by fellow strugglers Newcastle on the weekend and head to embattled West Ham on March 31 of their subsequent Premier League match.
Hughes performed for Saints between 1998 and 2000, making 54 appearances within the Premier League.