Southampton fires manager Mauricio Pellegrino

Nichole Vega
March 14, 2018

Southampton have fired manager Mauricio Pellegrino in a bid to prevent a slide out of the English Premier League.

Southampton play Wigan Athletic on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter-finals, but their poor league form has cost the former Liverpool defender his position. The club also sacked two of Pellegrino's assistants.

The south-coast club made a decision to act two days after losing at Newcastle 3-0, after which Pellegrino said some of his players "gave up".

The Saints have won just one of the last 17 Premier League games, and the search is on for Pellegrino's replacement, with Southampton hovering precariously above the relegation zone.

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.

The Saints, who only have eight games left, are looking for a coach to come in and save them from Premier League relegation. '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.

Silva has been linked with Portguese giants Benfica for next season, but it remains to be seen if he could turn down the chance to return to the Premier League. "I observed some players who gave up and we can not show this, to be honest", he told reporters at his post-match press conference.

Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also left the club.

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.

"When you are losing 2-0, you have to try, and I think we tried to be in the game, to score one, but we were never a threat for Newcastle".

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