Accoridng to The Telegraph, Southampton opted against appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager because they felt his approach was not sufficiently orientated to developing players.
The Saints are currently manager-less after former boss Ronald Koeman rather controversially decided to leave St. Mary’s to take over the vacant managerial position at Everton.
It’s not the first time Southampton have lost a manager to a fellow Premier League side - Mauricio Pochettino left to join Tottenham Hotspur in 2014 - therefore the club have experience in such situations.
Nevertheless, finding a suitable replacement is a tough ask and one of those considered for the job was Pellegrini following the Chilean’s recent exit from Manchester City.
The former Villarreal man arrived at City with a decent resume including jobs at Malaga and Real Madrid, and within his first season at the club he won a league and cup double.
Pellegrini went on to enjoy another League Cup success and a place in the Champions League semi-final, but ultimately City wanted a change in direction and replaced him with Pep Guardiola.
The 62-year-old remains a top manager despite his dismissal at City, yet Southampton have decided against making him their new manager despite The Telegraph claiming he was interested in the job.
“Southampton did seriously explore the possibility of Pellegrini but it was felt that his approach was not sufficiently orientated to developing players on the training ground to fit with the club’s structure,” The Telegraph state.
Aside from establishing themselves in the top half of the table, the Saints see the development of their players as key to sustaining their success both on the field and financially off it.
The club have sold a number of players to the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in recent years and they will be hoping to continue that tradition to some degree for the forseeable future.