Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern can breathe a huge sigh of relief as, despite defeat against Manchester City, they secured their safety in the Premier League.
The Saints were caught in a relegation dogfight following their dreadful form under Mauricio Pellegrino which ultimately led to his departure. He was replaced by Mark Hughes, and the Welshman successfully guided them to safety. However, his contract was only until the end of the season, meaning he could be replaced.
Instead of hiring Hughes on a permanent basis, Southampton should instead try to hire former AC Milan manager – Vincenzo Montella. Out of work since being sacked by Sevilla in April, the 43-year-old would be an excellent appointment for the Saints.
Despite their poor league form, Montella guided Sevilla to the Copa del Rey final, but they ultimately fell short against Barcelona. As well as this, he sent his side to the Champions League quarter-final for the first time since 1958, knocking out Manchester United, before a narrow defeat to Bayern Munich sent them home.
His poor spells in charge of Milan and Sevilla have tainted his reputation, but Montella remains a great manager for the lower-half Premier League clubs. At just 43, he is still a young manager with plenty to give. The Italian would love the chance to redeem himself and St. Marys could be the perfect place to do so.
Les Reed cannot allow the Saints to stagnate again and a move for Montella would certainly take the club up a level again, rather than sticking with the safety of Hughes.
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