Southampton get back to work following Mauricio Pellegrino sacking

Southampton had to put the confusion regarding their managerial situation to one side as they trained ahead of Sunday's trip to Wigan.

Pellegrino's assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also left the club but the squad had to get back to business on Tuesday ahead of the quarter-final clash at the DW Stadium.

Cedric Soares in action during the Southampton training session on Tuesday morning

Nathan Redmond attempts to control the ball during the session at the Staplewood Campus

Soares (left) attempts to close down Sofiane Boufal during a practice match 

The players looked focused on the task at hand as they took past in a number of drills before playing a practice match on a cloudy day at their Staplewood Campus. 

'From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day, I tried to give back to the club and tried to represent the club with pride,' he said. 

'Some moments we managed this, some moments we couldn't, but we have been living a difficult season for many reasons. The manager is the face of a lot of decisions and actions, but I always tried to put the club first with my technical staff and the board behind me.

Left0back Ryan Bertand plays a pass as his team geared up for Sunday's trip to Wigan

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg dribbles with the ball ahead of Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final clash

'I feel so sorry to leave the club in this situation, but when you don't get results I understand the decision the club has to take.'  

Former Saints player Mark Hughes has emerged as the shock front-runner to become their new manager.    

Southampton moved quickly to approach out of work Hughes after axing Pellegrino with the final details set to be completed by Wednesday.   

The Welshman is expected to be joined by his management staff Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki. 

Southampton sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino after Saturday's loss at Newcastle

Mark Hughes is set to become Southampton's new manager after Pellegrino's departure

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March 13, 2018

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