Southampton sack manager Maucirio Pellegrino

Southampton sack manager Maucirio Pellegrino

Southampton sack manager Maucirio Pellegrino

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino after a worrying slump which has seen the club slip down the Premier League and into a relegation battle.

The Premier League club is hovering just a point above the relegation zone after earning just 1 win in their last 17 league matches from the end of November.

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

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

However, the former Liverpool defender failed to impress, winning just eight of his 34 games in charge, and he now leaves with a 23.5% win rate having been sacked in the aftermath of Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Southampton.

Pellegrino took over from Claude Puel in June and was charged with building upon last season's eighth-place finish while freeing the players from the Frenchman's conservative approach.

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And Southampton have now made a decision to act with the team sitting 17th, just one point above the drop zone with eight games to go.

Southampton, who sit just a point above the bottom three, face a challenging run-in, with only three home matches remaining, including the visits of Chelsea and Manchester City, the latter on the final day of the season.

Pellegrino, a former Argentina worldwide, secured the equivalent of 0.93 points per game, the third-worst tally of any Southampton manager in the Premier League. 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".

They are the ninth Premier League team to change their manager this season.

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

Most Southampton fans appeared elated.

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