Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino: Next appointment discussed in statement

Jamaal Lascelles

A statement from the club read: 'Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with First Team Manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

The win takes Newcastle up to 13th with 32 points.

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino with the club one place above the Premier League relegation zone.

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United improved their chances of survival with a 3-0 win against the Saints at St James' Park at the weekend. He has been guilty of some disciplinary issues with a couple of sendings off this season, but when he plays like he did on Saturday he is a very important player. Now they are staring down the barrel of relegation from the top-flight.

"They tried to do the right thing by the fans, in terms of not selling their best player every season, but sadly that did appear to backfire, and that situation probably didn't help the performances in the first half of the season". They have only scored 29 goals this season, as they have essentially lacked any real attacking intent.

Pellegrino's side won only one of their past 17 league games, falling to 17th in the table, and with nine matches remaining the club's hierarchy have decided the Argentine is not the right man to arrest the slump.

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 former Watford manager Marco Silva is among the possible candidates, although it is understood he is considering a return to Portugal this summer.

More interestingly enough, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been linked with the vacant Saints job in recent years.

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

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