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Here's why Southampton sacked Pellegrino

Here's why Southampton sacked Pellegrino

Southampton are on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Mauricio Pellegrino with only eight games of the Premier League campaign remaining.

The saints have only won one of their last seventeen premier league games, a performance that sees them occupy 17th position on the league table with 28 points.

The Saints are mired in a relegation battle right now, and it seems nearly impossible that Rodgers would give up clinching another treble for a survival scrap, meaning Southampton may need other targets in mind.

In a statement released yesterday the club said that assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit had also parted company with the club.

Pellegrino, who leaves with the third worst Southampton managerial record in the Premier League, appeared to be bracing himself for the sack after last weekend's loss to Newcastle as he admitted he "observed some players who gave up".




The 46-year-old arrived at St Mary's as the replacement for Claude Puel, who was sacked despite guiding Southampton to an eighth-placed finish and the League Cup final.

"He has never been relegated as a Premier League manager".

Southampton hope to have their new boss in place before facing Wigan on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

"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.

Former Watford boss Marco Silva was instantly linked with a swift return to the top flight, but he is no longer the favourite to take the job.


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