Southampton: Are Saints trying to 'do a Sunderland' to ensure Premier League survival?

Southampton have gambled that sacking Mauricio Pellegrino with only eight games left is their best bet of staying in the Premier League.The club are just one point and one place above the relegation zone, having won just one of their past 17 league games.Former Stoke boss Mark Hughes is in talks to take over at St Mary's, but does he have enough time to save the Saints?
Only twice in 10 years has a manager taken over a relegation-threatened club this late on and guided them to safety - and both were Sunderland.But the Black Cats did not get a third life and did eventually go down last year.BBC Sport looks at the fortunes of every club that changed their manager in March or later during the past 10 Premier League seasons...
Great escapes
Sunderland - Dick Advocaat (March 2015)
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Dick Advocaat is managing Sparta RotterdamThe gamble: Sunderland appointed the former Netherlands boss a day after sacking Gus Poyet. Like Southampton, the Black Cats were 17th and one point above the relegation zone after a run of one victory in 12 league games. They had nine games left.The result: Advocaat guided Sunderland to safety by winning three and drawing three of their remaining nine matches, finishing 16th and three points clear of the drop.What happened next[/img]

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Paolo di Canio has not taken up a managerial role since leaving Sunderland in 2013[b]The gamble:
The Italian succeeded Martin O'Neill after a run of poor results left Sunderland one point above the relegation zone with only seven games left.The result: Di Canio's side lost just twice in seven games. They failed to win any of their final three fixtures, but finished one place and three points above the relegation zone.What happened next[/img]

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Too little, too late
These clubs were already in the relegation zone when they dismissed their bosses. The new manager bounce was not enough to save any of them - several didn't bounce at all.[b]Middlesbrough - Steve Agnew (March 2017)


Steve Agnew joined Aston Villa's coaching staff in DecemberThe gamble: Middlesbrough sacked Aitor Karanka after a 10-game winless run that left the club 19th and three points from safety with 11 games remaining.The result: Caretaker boss Agnew managed just one win and Boro were relegated with two games still to play.What happened next[/img]
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Rafael Benitez has refused to discuss his future with Newcastle until their Premier League survival this season has been confirmed[b]The gamble:
The Magpies were a point from safety with 10 games to go when they fired Steve McClaren in favour of former Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Valencia boss Benitez.The result: Despite Benitez losing only three matches and improving their points per game ratio to 1.30 from 0.86 under McClaren, Newcastle were relegated with one game of the season left.What happened next[/img]

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Eric Black left Villa Park after the appointment of Roberto di Matteo[b]The gamble:
There wasn't one. Although not yet mathematically relegated, Villa were already doomed when they sacked Remi Garde. The club had just 16 points from 31 games - 12 fewer than 17th-placed Norwich.The result: Under caretaker boss Eric Black, Villa earned just one more point - a draw against fellow relegated side Newcastle - as they dropped to the second tier for the first time since 1987.What happened next[/img]

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Nigel Adkins is now in charge of Championship side Hull City[b]The gamble:
Reading were 19th and four points off safety when manager Brian McDermott was sacked on 11 March. When Nigel Adkins, who had been dismissed by Southampton in January, took over two weeks later the Royals were still 19th but seven points adrift.The result: Reading won just once and drew twice in eight games under Adkins as they remained 19th, 11 points from safety.What happened next[/img]

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Iain Dowie had a points per games ratio of 0.67 in his nine games in charge of Hull[b]The gamble:
Hull brought in Dowie to replace Phil Brown when the club were second from bottom of the Premier League, with nine games remaining.The result: The Tigers were relegated after taking only six of the available 27 points under Dowie.What happened next[/img]

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Alan Shearer scored 148 goals for Newcastle as a player[b]The gamble:
Club legend Shearer took over from Chris Hughton, who was in temporary charge as a result of Joe Kinnear's illness, with the Magpies in the bottom three and two points from safety.The result: Newcastle won just one of their last eight games under Shearer and dropped to the second tier for the first time in 16 years after defeat by Aston Villa on the final day of the season.What happened next[/img]

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The backfire
[b]Norwich - Neil Adams (April 2014)
The gamble: Norwich were five points clear of the relegation zone with five games remaining when Chris Hughton was sacked amid a poor run of form and fan unrest.The result: Disaster. Youth coach Neil Adams came in and the Canaries took just one point from the next four games. They went into the last match of the season needing to beat Arsenal, hoping West Brom lost to Stoke and also needing a 17-goal swing. The Baggies did lose but Norwich lost 2-0 and were relegated.[b]What happened next[/img]

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