Mark Hughes the favourite for Southampton job after Mauricio Pellegrino is sacked

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino on the touch line during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park

Saints' most recent defeat, 3-0 at Newcastle, left the south coast club just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

According to Sportitalia, former Milan and Torino Coach Mihajlovic has received a call about the role.

While some may question Saints hiring a manager from the merry-go-round with Hughes having a mixed bag of results managing Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke over the years, it may well spark their under-performing squad into life.

Like Hughes, Silva was sacked by a Premier League club in January - in his case Watford - and he has also been linked with a move back home to Portugal to take over at Benfica next season.

Club chiefs will want to make an appointment quickly with an FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan on Sunday.

Mark Hughes has been named as the "leading candidate" for the vacant Southampton manager's position, not Marco Silva.

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Southampton, who are the ninth Premier League club to change manager this term, are in their sixth straight season in the top flight and have not finished lower than 14th in that time.

Southampton face a huge relegation clash in their next league match when they go to West Ham United, who are one place and two points better off in the table.

With no league games for just under three weeks, Southampton have the ideal opportunity for a new manager to implement his methods before the crunch period continues.

Sinisa Mihajlovic has reportedly been contacted for the Southampton job, but Mark Hughes remains the favourite after Mauricio Pellegrino's dismissal.

Hughes, who was sacked by Stoke six days into the New Year, made 52 Premier League appearances for Southampton between 1998 and 2000 under Dave Jones then Glenn Hoddle, scoring just two goals before moving on to Everton.

Hughes played for Southampton for nearly two seasons towards the end of his career.

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