Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrini, assistant Carlos Compagnucci replaces him

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

The south-coast club took action two days after losing 3-0 at Newcastle, following which Pellegrino said some of his players “gave up.” Southampton are in 17th place, a point and a place above the relegation zone. “The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already under way,” a Southampton statement read. The 46-year-old Pellegrino joined on a three-year deal in June last year, weeks after leaving Spanish team Alaves.

Newcastle on fire at home

Newcastle on fire at home


The Argentine was unable to add more attacking flair to a team that struggled for goals toward the end of last season under Claude Puel, and fans have recently been calling for Southampton to play two strikers up front to be more of a threat.

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They have scored 29 goals in 30 games, winning only five of them – and have just one win in their past 17 league games.