Southampton have sacked their manager

Mauricio Pellegrino gets the boot at Southampton

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Mauricio Pellegrino, Manager of Southampton looks dejected after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Pellegrino, 46, was appointed in June as the successor to Claude Puel.

The club also conirmed that Pellegrino's backroom staff would be following the Argentinian through the exit door.

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

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

The club are targeting a swift appointment - a third in less than two years - ideally before Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan Athletic.




They have won just five league games this season and their 3-2 victory at West Bromwich Albion, who are bottom of the table, in February is their only league win since November.

It is going from bad to worse for Southampton Football Club, as they announced the dismissal of coach Mauricio Pellegrino following a run of abysmal form which has seen them become prime candidates for Premier League relegation.

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

Last summer Pellegrino, 46, was appointed to replace Claude Puel, who is now manager of eighth-place Leicester City. "They will go for it, and change managers, even at this time".

"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 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".

For this reason, I would like to say sorry to our fans because we couldn't represent our club properly.

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