Matt Le Tissier has told talkSPORT he has no interest in taking the Southampton job following the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino with just eight games to go in the Premier League season.
Pellegrino, the 46-year-old Argentine, was dismissed from his position at St Mary’s on Monday evening , on the back of just one victory in 17 league matches. Saints’ most recent defeat, 3-0 at Newcastle, left the south coast club just one point and one place above the relegation zone.
Pellegrino was appointed last summer to replace Claude Puel, who was adjudged to have performed poorly in his lone campaign in charge of Southampton , but the current Leicester boss ensured the Saints were never fearing relegation.
Southampton wish to get a new manager hired before their FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan, which will be played on Sunday, and Le Tissier joined talkSPORT to react to the sacking.
And when asked if he is interested in the job, Le Tissier replied: “No; not with my lack of coaching knowledge. It’s not a position I’ve ever really coveted.
“I’m quite happy doing the job I’m doing.
“There are all sorts of managers mentioned; Mark Hughes has a lot of Premier League experience and I think that will count in his favour.
“As far as the situation we are in at the moment, I think it makes sense to go with someone who has Premier League experience - who doesn’t have to get to know a new set of players.
“Marco Silva had a good impact at clubs in the first moment he went there.
“There are lots of names being bandied about, but at the end of the day it’s down to the board to decide who they think is best, not just for these eight games, but I’d like to think they made an appointment that is a little bit more longer term than that.”
Pellegrino said after the Newcastle defeat he ‘observed some players who gave up’, and while Le Tiss does not think that is the case, he does feel there is a sense of complacency emanating from a group of players who feel they are too good to actually suffer relegation.
“I think they may have got a little but too complacent and thought they are too good to be in this position go down,” the Saints legend added. “Unfortunately, that is not the case.
“Hopefully a new manager will jolt them out of that thinking and get them in the right frame of mind to get them enough points in these last eight games to stay up.
“It’s not too late [to stay up]. There are still eight games to go, and I think eight clubs have parted company with their manager later than this and still stayed up; I remember Fulham doing it with four games to go a few years back, and it worked.
“We’re not in the relegation zone at the minute so it’s not a disastrous position; we’ve still got our destiny in our own hands.”