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Mauricio Pellegrino should be replaced by Europa League maverick next summer

The Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern have grown extremely concerned by their side’s form in recent weeks under the questionable leadership of Mauricio Pellegrino.

The threat of relegation is becoming an increasingly probable outcome this season for Southampton despite the abundance of quality they have within their squad. Plenty of supporters have called for Pellegrino to be dismissed in recent weeks, and those calls are bound to intensify if the club fall to another defeat when they face Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend. But despite the calls of the supporters, it seems unclear as to who exactly would succeed Pellegrino if the club ultimately take that decision.

At this stage in the season it seems unlikely that the hierarchy at St Mary’s will decide to dismiss Pellegrino, but the Argentine will almost certainly be sacked once the season reaches its conclusion.

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With that to consider, it seems plausible that the board have already begun devising a shortlist of names of managers who could step into the managers hot-seat and instigate a revival on the south-coast.

One name who is certainly worthy of consideration is Graham Potter – the Ostersunds manager who has recently seen his exposure increase in the British media due to his side’s Europa League clash with Arsenal.

In the modern era it is rare to see a British manager try his hand at managing a football club overseas, so Potter stands out as something of a maverick in that sense. His success in Sweden has been well documented and rightly so, as his achievements of taking the Swedish club from the fourth tier to the Europa League in the space of just seven seasons is truly staggering.

According to The Daily Mail, Potter has personally expressed his desire to manage in the Premier League one day, and considering what he has achieved in Scandinavia, it’s fair to say he deserves an opportunity to prove himself at a higher level, so Southampton should provide him with that opportunity if they decide to sack Pellegrino at the end of the season.


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