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By Andrew Mullen

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  1. That's all folks


    Thanks for your company for the last few hours.

    Plenty of names for the Southampton board to choose from. Will we seen someone appointed by the end of the day? End of the week?

    And don't forget to head back our way this evening for Manchester United's meeting with Sevilla in the Champions League from Old Trafford. It's goalless after that forgettable first leg, but we must have a winner tonight.

  2. Manchester United v Sevilla (19:45 GMT)


    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday he did not know whether midfielder Paul Pogba would return for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Sevilla.

    Pogba has returned to training after missing Saturday's 2-1 Premier League victory over Liverpool.

    Forward Anthony Martial could return at Old Trafford after missing two matches.

    The first leg in Seville finished 0-0,thanks largely to a superb first-half save from United's David de Gea.

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    David de Gea
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    SMS Message: Dave Merrington and Francis Benali, together until the end of the season. They wouldn't do any worse than any of the other potential managers mentioned today. from Steve, Southampton
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    SMS Message: Kelvin Davis. Club legend. Knows the club. Players respect him and will play for him! It's the fighting spirit they need! from Chris, Leighton Buzzard
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    SMS Message: Can't see us going for somebody already employed this late in the season, would take Marco Silva first from all of the realistic options. from Beardy, Southampton
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    Nat J Summers: Matt Le Tissier until the end of the season... Le God loves the club, the club loves him. I’d even take Paul Merson as his assistant!!!

    Steven Hendry: As a neutral I think Southampton shouldn’t rush into a decision, leave the job in the hands of the someone like Kelvin Davis.

    Glen Hartley: Marco Silva was fantastic at Hull, we didn’t want him to leave but we couldn’t argue with him wanting to manage in the Premier League. He was incorrectly sacked from Watford in my opinion, Saints would be really lucky to get him.

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    When has your team at any level of football from grassroots up had its dream scenario become reality or got so close you could taste it?

    SMS Message: The 2013 League Cup. As a Bradford fan it's going to live long in the memory. And of course beating Chelsea in the FA Cup as well. from David, Edinburgh
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    SMS Message: I'm a Sutton United fan, and we're having a better year, than last year's famous FA Cup run! Weeks away from our debut in League Football! Been waiting 11 years! Watch out League 2! from Joe, Sutton
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    Gary Hague: When Don caster Rovers beat Leeds at Wembley for promotion to the Championship in 2008. Even sweeter when listening to the Leeds fans working out next seasons travel to Championship opponents on the train before the game.

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    David Pidgeon: Is Chris Hughton interested in moving down the South Coast, he is a very impressive coach - but maybe too far under the radar?

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    SMS Message: Many Saints fans will say we should have kept Puel... but his football was even more boring than Pellegrino's. I would want some flair. Marco Silva or someone with some decent experience like Mark Hughes. from Jake
    SMS Message: Southampton must have about £200m to spend after selling so many top players to Liverpool in the last two or three seasons, plus TV money - why not show real ambition and offer Ancelotti or Sarri the job for around £10m a year salary? Then spend £200m on players in summer. Seriously, why not? from A.Gibbon, Cheshire
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  7. Huddersfield chief Hoyle's £40,000 stadium sleepover

    Simon Stone

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    Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle might not have enjoyed Saturday's 0-0 draw with Swansea too much at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday but he could console himself with making a significant contribution to local homeless charities.

    Hoyle raised £40,000 when he joined in excess of 150 other volunteers in sleeping at the stadium on Friday night before the game.

    The fundraisers were given the opportunity of sleeping in the concourses of the main stand, or between the seats in the stand itself, with most taking the later option, allowing them to look at the actual playing surface during the small hours.

    Hoyle covered the cost of the event, meaning 100% of the money raised went to charity.

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    Dr James Holt: Gordon Strachan or Glenn Hoddle - I know it's going back to past 'mistakes' but please someone who'll inject some inspiration and certainly not Redknapp or Gary Neville- can't think of anything worse!

    Andrew Oakley: I think Wilder deserves the chance in the Premier League and Southampton would be a brilliant fit. Brilliant manager with promotions from the conference, League Two and League One with three different teams. Can't see him wanting to leave Sheffield United though as promotion could still happen.

    Thomas Young: Just a change of manager won't be a complete solution for Saints, the players are also to blame for the current position the club is in and action needs to be taken against them as well.

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    SMS Message: Happy to see Pellegrino go - awful manager, but the problems go much higher than him. Honestly, the damage has been done and Saints are going down regardless who they appoint. They never recovered the spark Koeman took with him when he left. Seems like no one benefited from his departure. from Tom, Crowthorne
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    SMS Message: Please not Redknapp. He destroyed Saints the last time he was at St Mary's. He would take us straight down and leave. Just like last time. from Steve Southampton
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    SMS Message: Southampton have to wait for another manager to get sacked. Probably Pardew or Big Sam. It's all part of the managerial merry-go-round. from Lex, Glasgow
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  10. Guardiola 'so happy' with Man City performance


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    Video caption: Guardiola 'so happy' with Man City performance
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    Curtis: The only person Southampton truly miss is Nicola Cortese. The main man behind the turning of the club's fortunes during the dark days.

    Chad: If Southampton do go down at least it means Liverpool will be able to pick up some of their players on the cheap.

    SMS Message: Southampton should take a gamble and go for an unknown manager. Chris Wilder has proven himself in the championship. Why not him for the new job? from Archie
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    When has your team at any level of football from grassroots up had its dream scenario become reality or got so close you could taste it?

    SMS Message: Barnsley 2008 cup run. Knocked out Liverpool at Anfield and Chelsea at home then we missed a sitter and went out in the semi finals at Wembley from Harry
    SMS Message: Dream scenario: I'm a Leicester fan - need you ask?! Oh happy days! from Leicester Boy1
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    SMS Message: Arsenal winning the league away to Liverpool ('89) & United ('02) oh yeah and the unbeatables winning the league away to Spurs in '04 from Anon
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    Mr Hyde: Yes Southampton have sold their best players, but what choice did they have when the likes of Lovren, Van Dijk, Wanyama and Lallana all flew into a rage when they weren't allowed to leave? The problem has not been keeping them, it's been replacing them.

    Pat Hayward: Please NOT Mark Hughes - as a player he caused so much dissent in the Saints dressing room and caused major divisions in the team.

    Sean Turner: I think there should be a window for managers. If a club can't bring in a top striker to save them from relegation, why should they be allowed the chance of a "bounce" from a new gaffer?

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    Some may have been tongue-in-cheek, some will be genuine, but over the last couple of hours a list of 10 names to takeover at Southampton has appeared before our eyes.

    Who would be your choice?

    You would you settle for to save your Premier League status?

    Who would you rule out?

    1. Harry Redknapp
    2. Chris Wilder
    3. Mark Hughes
    4. Marco Silva
    5. Alan Pardew
    6. Sam Allardyce
    7. Gordon Strachan
    8. Garry Monk
    9. Ryan Giggs
    10. Kevin Keegan
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    SMS Message: Why is no one mentioning the fact that Ralph Krueger is a former NHL ice hockey player and coach (a poor one at that). No clue on what he is doing. from Dom
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    SMS Message: Saints new manager. Does Harry Redknapp still live on the south coast? Did an end of season escape with Birmingham just recently. Been there before too hasn't he? from Simon, Cheshire
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    SMS Message: Southampton will probably wait for Pardew to get sacked then give the job to him. from T Gath
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  16. Focus on the FA Cup for Saints?


    Southampton face Wigan in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at the weekend. Can it be the turning point?

    The Saints earned their place in the last eight with a 2-1 win over West Brom last month.

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    Video caption: Highlights: West Brom 1-2 Southampton in the FA Cup fifth round
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    SMS Message: Just speculating. Harry Redknapp to be named as Southampton manager until the end of the season. from Martin, North Yorkshire
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    SMS Message: Marco Silva is available. Did a good job with Hull last season and Southampton’s got better players. Don’t see why he won’t be able to keep them up. from Anon
    SMS Message: As an Everton fan I can highly recommend Sam and Sammy as Southampton's dream managerial team. Please. from Anon
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    Kev Farren: Saints had only one formation, relied on one up front, and played to avoid defeat rather than having a go at winning. Get Silva!

    Alan Roberts: The negativity of Puel and Pellegrino and the ineffectiveness of their one striker at front formation has killed the fans enthusiasm for the Saints.

    Imon West: Saints have the squad to stay up and be competing for top 10, but the manager choice after sacking Puel was terrible, and it could cost them.

  19. The problem facing Southampton


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    SMS Message: The mess they are in Pelligrino had no credentials to manage a club that finished eight in the Premier League and reached a cup final plus the club should have sold Van Dijk before the season started and appointed a manager with Premier League experience and then given the new manager the money from the sale of Van Dijk to rebuild the squad. from Pete
    SMS Message: The problems at Southampton go higher than the manager. Les Reed has failed to appoint a decent manager in the past two attempts and not replaced the quality players that we've sold while making huge profits. The board need to swallow their pride and not appoint another yes man. Hopefully the new manager can change the atmosphere around the club and get the fans and players going again. Just have to hope it's not too little, too late. from Ryan, Southampton
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    SMS Message: Yes Southampton have sold their best players, but what choice did they have when the likes of Lovren, Van Dijk, Wanyama and Lallana all flew into a rage when they weren't allowed to leave. The problem has not been keeping them, it's been replacing them. from Anon