Southampton fires manager Mauricio Pellegrino

14 March, 2018, 06:20 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Southampton striker Guido Carrillo describes Mauricio Pellegrino as “a master”

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino following a dismal run of form that has put the Saints firmly in the relegation mire.

The former Alaves coach did lead the south-coast club into the FA Cup quarter-finals, with the now-managerless side set to visit third-tier Wigan in the last eight on Sunday.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible", the club said in a brief statement, "with the search for a replacement already underway".

Southampton are looking for a new manager again, having tonight confirmed that Mauricio Pellegrino has been relieved of his duties.

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The club also conirmed that Pellegrino's backroom staff would be following the Argentinian through the exit door.

The latest 3-0 defeat at relegation rivals Newcastle on Saturday proved to be the final straw for the Southampton hierarchy, with the club in danger of being relegated from the top flight for the first time since being promoted in 2012.

The Saints now languish in 17th position in the Premier League after suffering a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.

They have scored 29 goals in 30 games, winning only five of them - and have just one win in their past 17 league games.

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Pellegrino took over from Claude Puel in June and was charged with building upon last season's eighth-place finish while freeing the players from the Frenchman's conservative approach.

It's unclear what direction Southampton will take moving forward for the rest of the season, but a number of veteran PL manager remain available. Pellegrino's assistants, Carlos Compagnucci and Xavier Tamarit, also left the club yesterday. The south-coast club chose to act two days after a 3-0 loss at Newcastle, after which Pellegrino said some of his players "gave up".

Most Southampton fans appeared elated. "I haven't seen my team compete in this way this season without the spirit you need to compete at this level." .

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