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Reports: Southampton to sack Mauricio Pellegrino at the end of the season, have replacements in mind

According to the Mirror, Pellegrino will face the sack regardless of whether Saints avoid relegation or not.

Southampton v Stoke City - Premier League Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is set to be relieved of his duties at the club even if he leads Saints to Premier League survival according a report from the Mirror.

The story has also been repeated by the Daily Mail.

The article alleges that the Saints hierarchy have already drawn up a shortlist of potential replacements, with Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic and Ostersunds FK manager Graham Potter, the latter of whom had a brief spell at Southampton as a player in the ‘90s.

Jokanovic has led Fulham to an impressive mid-season run in form to firmly embed the West London side in the Championship playoff positions.

Fulham v Bristol City - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Potter has achieved the near-impossible with Swedish minnows Ostersunds, taking them from the fourth tier of Swedish football to the top division - Allsvenskan - as well as a place in the Europa League group knockout rounds.

Ostersunds defeated Turkish giants Galatasaray over two legs to earn their spot in the competition and Potter saw his team defeat Arsenal 2-1 away at the Emirates in the round of 32 this season.

Pellegrino hasn’t exactly set the world on fire while overseeing Southampton as head coach, winning just five Premier League games from 29.

Claude Puel, now at Leicester City, was sacked as Southampton manager last summer despite leading the club to eighth in the league and a League Cup final at Wembley Stadium against Manchester United.

According to the report, Saints’ Vice Chairman Les Reed is “reluctant to make a change before the summer and risk a panic appointment.”

No kidding...