Southampton next manager odds: Frenchman slight favourite despite Pellegrino reports

Mauricio Pellegrino

There is a new favourite in the race to become Southampton's next manager.

Manchester City U21 manager Patrick VieiraFormer Manchester City EDS manager Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira is the new bookies favourite to succeed Claude Puel as Southampton manager.

The New York City boss has seen his odds cut from 8/1 to 5/4 over the weekend [Sky Bet], despite reports which suggested the Saints were close to appointing Mauricio Pellegrino [The Sun].

Pellegrino, the former manager of Deportivo Alaves, is only slightly behind Vieira at 7/4, with Frank de Boer, most recently of Inter Milan, the 6/1 third favourite.

Vieira, who represented clubs including Arsenal, Juventus and Inter during a glittering playing career, is in his first senior role having previously managed Manchester City's Elite Development Squad.

Mauricio PellegrinoFormer Liverpool defender Mauricio Pellegrino [right]

The 40-year-old Frenchman led New York to their maiden Major League Soccer play-off campaign in his first season in charge of the newly-formed franchise.

Sky Bet's latest odds suggest that Ryan Giggs [8/1], Jaap Stam [12/1], Markus Weinzierl and Roberto Martinez [both 18/1] are also in contention to land the Southampton post.

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General view inside the stadium before the match - St Mary's SouthamptonGeneral view of Southampton's St Mary's stadium

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