Southampton fans here in the Tavern are dreading a drop down to the Championship, as the Saints head into one of the most crucial periods in their Premier League history.
Mauricio Pellegrino has been at the forefront of all the problems that Southampton have encountered so far this season, as the Saints currently find themselves only one point above the relegation zone. Indeed, if Southampton are to have a future in the Premier League for years to come then their next few games could prove vital, as fellow relegation rivals Newcastle United and West Ham United are up next with the Saints’ clash against Swansea City set to be rearranged.
However, it does look to be an uphill task from here on in for the Saints, as even a minor slip up could prove costly given their fragile position. And, should they suffer relegation to the Championship after six enjoyable seasons in the top-flight, then the managerial position at St Mary’s would become vacant for their upcoming campaign with the inevitable sacking of Pellegrino.
Therefore, the Saints will be looking for a manager that can bring them promotion straight back to the Premier League, so here’s TWO potential candidates that could take charge if they suffer relegation…