Southampton sack manager Pellegrino

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino with just eight games of the Premier League season remaining.

The decision to relieve the Argentine of his duties came after a dismal run of form that saw the Saints win just one win in 17 league games.

A dismal 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on the weekend left Southampton just a point above the relegation places.

Pellegrino said after Saturday’s match that some of his players looked like they had given up.

The club released a statement on Monday that said: “The club can confirm it has parted company with 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, with the search for a replacement already underway.”

Pellegrino replaced Claude Puel, now with Leicester City, in the summer after the Frenchman was surprisingly dismissed after leading the club to eighth place and the League Cup final.

Southampton have won only five league games all season and have won just one game since November.