Southampton supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in fine voice in the last few hours after news emerged that manager Mauricio Pellegrino had been sacked with the club 17th in the Premier League table.
The 46-year-old replaced Claude Puel during the summer with the hope that he’d bring a more entertaining and exciting brand of football to St Mary’s, but it simply hasn’t happened for the Spaniard, who won just five of his 30 league games in charge. And Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 loss to fellow relegation contenders Newcastle United at St James’ Park was the final straw for the 46-year-old, with a Kenedy double alongside a Matt Ritchie strike bringing to an end Pellegrino’s short stint in charge of the Saints.
Consequently, many of our resident Southampton fans have been in high spirits in the Tavern in recent times, with several hoping that their side make the right appointment in the near future in a bid to take the club forward, both for the rest of this season and beyond.
And with many names linked with the role, there is one that stands out to many of those Saints supporters lining up at the bar, namely that of Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.
Ultimately, the 45-year-old has done a terrific job at Parkhead in turning the Bhoys into a completely dominant force in Scottish football, having so far won every domestic trophy available, and very much in contention to keep that run going as the season draws to a close.
Yes, Celtic had won five straight titles prior to Rodgers’ arrival, but the Northern Irishman has taken them up another level, to the point that they dropped just eight points last season and went 69 domestic matches unbeaten prior to their defeat to Hearts in December.
And with Premier League experience having almost taken Liverpool to the title back in 2014, as well as helping to establish Swansea City as a top-flight outfit following their promotion in 2011, he knows exactly what it takes to manage and indeed succeed in the English top tier.
More importantly though, Rodgers would bring back the sort of attacking and entertaining football the Saints faithful are craving following Pellegrino’s stint as boss, as well as Claude Puel’s time in charge last term.
All of Rodgers’ sides that he has managed in his career are synonymous with free-flowing attacking football, resulting in bags of goals and several chances created per game – any forward player must love to play for him.
In the season in which his Liverpool team finished second, his side scored a sensational 101 goals in their 38 Premier League games, while his Celtic team have bagged 256 goals in his 109 matches in charge so far – they are incredible numbers.
Yes, what let that Liverpool team down was their defensive solidity, and that was also said of Celtic in European competition at times this season, but Rodgers would bring back the fast-paced, forward-thinking style that was synonymous with Southampton under former bosses Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman.
And with Premier League experience to match, it’s clear that the 45-year-old would be the perfect man to take Southampton forward.
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