Southampton sack Pellegrino as manager

Hope Soto
March 14, 2018

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino after a run of one Premier League win in 17 games.

However, Southampton now have only one win from their last 17 PL matches and are bang in trouble.

Assistant coaches Carlos Compagnucci and Xavier Tamarit have also left the club.

Pellegrino leaves St Mary's having won just eight of his 34 matches in charge, but the Argentine has acknowledged that he can not dispute being sacked by the South-coast club.

The Southampton vice-chairman, Les Reed, would have preferred to wait until the end of the season before making a change but the 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday represented the tipping point, particularly as Pellegrino later questioned whether the players were giving their all.

"You can lose, you can play badly, but you have to show another face on the pitch. This is the worst thing that we did today".

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Former Hull boss Marco Silva is the early favourite to replace Pellegrino after being sacked by Watford earlier this season.

Southampton, yet to appoint Pellegrino's replacement, travels to Wigan Athletic in the last eight of the FA Cup on Monday (AEDT), before a key away league clash with West Ham on 32 March (AEDT). He has taken charge of nearly 450 Premier League games and has never been relegated.

Pellegrino was appointed at St Mary's at the start of the season, taking over from Claude Puel after impressing with Alaves in LaLiga.

They are now one of six clubs who are seen to be in the thick of fighting it out for the last two relegation spots.

"I think that was probably something that, looking back with hindsight, the club would probably regret, trying to keep him in the summer", said Le Tissier, who scored 209 goals for Southampton during his 16 years at the club.

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