Gary Neville delivers his verdict on Southampton managerial situation and links to Mark Hughes

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Southampton have sacked Mauricio Pellegrino and former Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been discussing the managerial situation.

Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pellegrino looks on before  the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London,...

Southampton dismissed Pellegrino on Monday night after just one win in 17 games left them a point and a place above the Premier League relegation zone.

The Saints hope to have their new boss in place before facing Wigan on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Whoever is appointed will be the club's fifth permanent manager in the five years since Mauricio Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins.

Former Saints player Mark Hughes was sacked by fellow strugglers Stoke City and could jump straight back into the relegation dogfight if reports are to be believed.

One man who knows Hughes well is his former Manchester United teammate turned Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.

19 Sep 1998:  Mark Hughes of Southampton in action during the FA Carling Premiership match against Tottenham Hotspurs at The Dell in Southampton, England. The game ended in a draw 1-1. \...

Reacting to the news Pellegrino has been sacked and the fact Hughes had been linked to the role, Neville told Sky Sports it is a gamble by the club.

"They need a hit man to go in there, someone with the experience of being down there in the league, somebody who can get immediate results," Neville said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.

"It's not an exact science, we've seen it work at clubs this season, we've seen it fail at clubs this season, and previous seasons.

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic gestures during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Liverpool at The London Stadium, in east London on...

"It's just a gamble, that's all it is, and with the money at stake, clubs are willing to take that gamble more and more often. They will go for it, and change managers, even at this time."

Saints have also been linked with former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic and ex-Watford manager Marco Silva.

Robbie Savage has backed a move for Hughes while many pundits and fans have highlighted that the South Coast club would have been better served sticking with Claude Puel who has managed an impressive turnaround at Leicester City.

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