Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrino after nine months in charge

Alyssa Bailey
March 14, 2018

It's safe to say that the Mauricio Pellegrino experiment at Southampton FC didn't work out too well.

Some fans were happy to see the back of former coach Claude Puel with many questioning his style of play, Pellegrino was brought in but it has only got worse where the Frenchman has gone from strength-to-strength with Leicester City. The club also sacked two of Pellegrino's assistants.

Pellegrino's assistant Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first team Coach Xavier Tamarit will also leave the club with immediate effect.

Southampton are now one point above the relegation zone and next face West Ham away in the English top flight. The Saints, who face Wigan Athletic in the quarter-final of the FA Cup this weekend, have won just one of their last 17 Premier League fixtures.

The Saints now sit one point above the bottom three with eight matches remaining in the 2017/18 PL season.

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Ralph Krueger, the Saints chairman, offered his full backing to Pellegrino in January, sympathising with the knock-on effect of Virgil van Dijk's protracted transfer to Liverpool, but a chastening 3-0 defeat by Newcastle on Saturday proved a tipping point.

"We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton", it continued. 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".

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible", Southamtpon said in a statement on their website.

Southampton have a talented squad of players and will hope that a new manager can drive the side up the table in the last eight games - everything is up for grabs with Swansea, West Ham and Bournemouth all still to play before the season comes to a conclusion.

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