Mauricio Pellegrino paid the price for Southampton’s alarming slump as the south-coast club dropped the axe on March 12, 2018.
The Argentinian was only appointed as manager the previous summer but the Saints hierarchy opted for another change with eight games remaining as they attempted to cling onto their Premier League status.
Southampton had won just one of their previous 17 league matches – against bottom club West Brom – and a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle, which left Saints languishing just one place and one point above the relegation zone, proved to be the final straw.
Pellegrino admitted as much himself after the Newcastle defeat, saying: “I observed some players who gave up and we cannot show this, to be honest.
“You can lose, you can play badly, but you have to show another face on the pitch.”
Southampton moved quickly to replace Pellegrino, appointing former player Mark Hughes on a deal until the end of the season just two days later.
Hughes was given a three-year contract at the end of the season but was sacked in December 2018 and replaced by current boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Pellegrino returned to management with Leganes three months after leaving Southampton and is currently the boss of Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield.