Southampton SACK Mauricio Pellegrino after poor run of results

Rafael Benitez

Southampton fired manager Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday in a bid to stop the team sliding out of the English Premier League.

The board acted reluctantly in the hope that a disappointing season can still be salvaged and would like to secure a replacement in time for the FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible", Southamtpon said in a statement on their website. The club also sacked two of Pellegrino's assistants.

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. Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the south coast club.

Southampton are now one point above the relegation zone and next face West Ham away in the English top flight.

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.

Since returning to the Premier League in 2012, Southampton have been successful in managing a high turnover of managers and playing staff. 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".

Neville added clubs are more and more willing to change managers this late in the season, such is the financial loss of relegation from the Premier League.

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.

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