Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Mauricio Pellegrino Sacked by Southampton After Just Nine Months

Mauricio Pellegrino Sacked by Southampton After Just Nine Months

The Saints sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday night.

Southampton take on Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals this Sunday and due to the upcoming global break, they don't have another Premier League match until March 31 when they travel to London to face West Ham United.

The club said in a statement they want to "appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already under way".

Southampton will look to make a swift appointment following the 46-year-old's departure. With eight games remaining they have just 28 points.

A 3-0 loss to Newcastle on Saturday seems to have been the final straw for Pellegrino, who joined the club last summer on a three-year contract.

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Southampton have won only five league games this season, two of them against the bottom club, West Bromwich Albion. Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the south coast club.

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 match was billed as a crucial encounter in the relegation battle but Saints performed poorly and were easily beaten by Rafa Benitez's side, and afterwards Pellegrino admitted his players "gave up" after falling behind.

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.

The defeat at Newcastle was one of the low points of the season for the Saints, with Pellegrino saying after the game: "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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