Southampton announced on Monday that they had parted company with Mauricio Pellegrino, less than 9 months since the Argentine took over at St. Mary’s.
The Saints are hovering dangerously above relegation in 17th place, just one point off the drop zone with 8 games left to play. This is following a run of 1 win in 17 league games. Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United proved to be Pellegrino’s final game in charge, and the club have already started looking for a replacement.
According to the Guardian, former Watford manager Marco Silva and former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic are the early names that have been mentioned to take over from Pellegrino. According to the report, Southampton intend to name a new manager before the weekend’s FA Cup tie against Wigan Athletic.
Pellegrino was unable to win over the fans with his brand of football. Southampton were often too negative, hardly playing on the front foot. The supporters are still high on their expectations when it comes to brand of football, after being spoilt under Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman.
Claude Puel, who led the club to an eighth placed finish and the League Cup final last season, was sacked in the summer for the same reason. Despite his successes, his style of football wasn’t entertaining enough.
Southampton legend-turned Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier said that he saw the sack coming for Pellegrino.
“It’s probably very similar to last season, the club had become very accustomed under Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman of having a team very much on the front foot, creating lots of chances and scoring lots of goals, being in games and giving the big boys a run for their money.
“Unfortunately in the last couple of seasons, that hasn’t been the case. We’ve been a fairly negative side, not on the front foot that much, and certainly not scoring the amount of goals to take us to a good position in the league.”
Can Southampton survive?
Of their remaining fixtures, Southampton will feel that the games against Swansea City, West Ham United and Bournemouth are ones they definitely have to win to have a chance to survive. Unfortunately, two of these are away from home.
Their other two home games are against Chelsea and Man City. The Blues are definitely beatable on current form, while Man City, whom the Saints face on the last day of the season, will have sealed the league title by then.
Away games against Arsenal, Leicester City and Everton will be tall orders, but if the new manager can get a good run going, picking up points in these games will certainly not be impossible.
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