Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrino after nine months in charge

Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrino after nine months in charge

Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrino after nine months in charge

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

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".

The new manager will need to galvanise a squad short on confidence.

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

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.

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.

They are in their sixth successive season in the Premier League and have not finished lower than 14th in any of the previous five. 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. The assistant manager, Carlos Compagnucci, and the assistant first-team coach, Xavier Tamarit, have also left.

Pellegrino's sacking has been something that has seemingly been in the pipeline for a matter of months, with Southampton fans having expressed their displeasure with the Argentine for most of the season.

Southampton, who sold centre-back Virgil van Dijk for a record-breaking £75 million ($102 million, 84 million euros) in January, have started leaking goals in recent weeks, conceding 19 in their last 10 Premier League outings.

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