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Sacked Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino says there are "many reasons" for the club's recent struggles.
The club sit 17th in the league on 28 points, a point ahead of Crystal Palace and Stoke, with eight games left to play.
Southampton are hoping to have Pellegrino's successor in place for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan Athletic.
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Whoever is appointed will be the club's fifth permanent manager in the five years since Mauricio Pochettino, now Spurs manager, replaced Nigel Adkins.
The Welshman has taken charge of 445 Premier League matches for Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke.
In a statement, Pellegrino said: "From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day".
The Argentine was relieved of his duties as manager after going 17 games with just one win.