It was no shock to hear that Southampton had parted ways with Mauricio Pellegrino tonight. The biggest surprise was that they waited so long. The Saints have looked like relegation contenders for some time, winning just once since the end of November.
Southampton managed quite a few draws during that 17 game spell, but wins were too thin on the ground. The 3-0 weekend defeat at Newcastle was the straw that broke the camel's back and the board ran out of patience. With just 8 games to go Southampton are two points from safety, and the big worry is that they made the change too late.
Board Thank Pellegrino For Service
In a short statement released earlier this evening Southampton thanked Pellegrino and his staff for their work at the club. It read: “Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with First Team Manager Mauricio Pellegrino. Assistant Manager Carlos Compagnucci and Assistant First Team Coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club.”
“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 club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible. The search for a replacement is already underway.”
What Next For Saints
It will be interesting to see who Southampton turn to now that Pellegrino has been dismissed. There are a couple of managers available with lots of Premier League experience, including former Stoke boss Mark Hughes.
Marco Silva is another viable option for The Saints and he could prove to be a good appointment. The Portuguese coach was unfortunate to lose his job at Watford as he was doing a fine job. His style of play would fit in well at St Mary's and we think he could be the best man for the job.