Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Southampton sack manager Pellegrino

Jamaal Lascelles GETTY Jamaal Lascelles desperate to help Newcastle to three points against Southampton
Lori Graves | 14 March, 2018, 06:20

Southampton have sacked Mauricio Pellegrino after a miserable run of one win in 17 Premier League matches left them embroiled in a fight to avoid relegation with nine games remaining.

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

In response to the sacking, Gary Lineker jokingly tweeted: "Pointless Southampton firing their manager at this stage of the season when neither Pulis nor Allardyce are out of work".

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

Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also left the club.

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.

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Frenchman Claude Puel was sacked after leading the team to eighth place and the League Cup final last term, and has since thrived after taking over at Leicester earlier this season. The south coast club is now just a point and one place above the drop zone.

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

They are the ninth Premier League team to change their manager this season. The south-coast club made a decision to act two days after a 3-0 loss at Newcastle, after which Pellegrino said some of his players "gave up".

'I think Pellegrino has had a good opportunity to turn things around.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, former Southampton star Francis Benali said: 'It is something that has been bubbling away and has been talked about by Southampton fans for a while.

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