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Struggling Southampton fires manager Mauricio Pellegrino

13 March, 2018, 11:47 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Guido Carrillo of Southampton battles for possesion with Kurt Zouma of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier believes Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked because of his negative style of football.

A disastrous run of form that has seen the Saints win only one of their last 17 Premier League matches always appeared likely to end in Pellegrino's demise.

That latest setback left Saints languishing just one place and one point above the relegation zone.

Hughes guided Stoke to top 10 finishes for three successive seasons from 2013 to 2016 but the club was in the relegation zone when he was sacked after an FA Cup third round defeat at the hands of League Two (fourth tier) Coventry City.

"We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton, and wish them well for the future", the statement said.

Pellegrino was appointed last summer to replace Claude Puel, who was adjudged to have performed poorly in his lone campaign in charge of Southampton, but the current Leicester boss ensured the Saints were never fearing relegation.

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"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway".

Southampton, who are the ninth Premier League club to change manager this term, are in their sixth straight season in the top flight and have not finished lower than 14th in that time.

So they hired Pellegrino, and nine months on they must be regretting their decision.

It is added that former Hull and Watford boss Silva "is not understood to be in consideration" for the post, while ex-West Ham manager Slaven Bilic "is not prominent on the immediate shortlist".

Mark Hughes has been named as the "leading candidate" for the vacant Southampton manager's position, not Marco Silva.

Southampton have lost a large number of players to their domestic rivals in the past few years and club chairman Ralph Krueger said earlier in the season that they were keen to end the perception that they were a selling club.

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