Struggling Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrino

Take in the final eight matches of last season and in their last 38 games Southampton have taken 34 points. That is relegation form

Take in the final eight matches of last season and in their last 38 games Southampton have taken 34 points. That is relegation form

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

"To win, is great; we were strong enough to control the game, now it is to the next game and we have to be strong for that one as well".

MARCO SILVA is the bookies' favourite to replace sacked Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

Struggling Premier League club Southampton sacked Argentinian manager Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday with only eight matches remaining in the league season.

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

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible", Southamtpon said in a statement on their website.

Newcastle jumped three places in the table with their win over Southampton
Newcastle jumped three places in the table with their win over Southampton

Newcastle United secured an important and impressive 3-0 victory over Southampton at the weekend, as Rafael Benitez's men try to crawl their way from doom to a safer position in the table.

"When you concede in the first minute and little by little you feel that the game will be tough, every single negative impact is massive for you". 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.

"I have no idea if there is a chance we can keep him after the end of the season, so I think at the moment we have to make sure we enjoy him while he is here", Benitez told The Northern Echo about Kenedy. The spirit of the team and the attitude is everything. We've had a few good results, we need to continue to work hard, do what we have been doing. You can lose, you can play badly, but you have to show another face on the pitch.

"Because we can't do this to ourselves, we can't do this to the fans who have travelled so far - but most importantly we can't do this to the club".

Southampton, who are the ninth Premier League club to change manager this term, are in their sixth straight season in the top flight and have not finished lower than 14th in that time.

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