Southampton appoint Pellegrino as manager

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:37 PM Southampton have appointed former Argentina international Mauricio Pellegrino as their manager on a three-year contract.

The 45-year-old replaces Claude Puel, who was sacked this month after one season at St Mary's.

"I am delighted that after a diligent selection process we have recruited Mauricio Pellegrino as our new first team manager," Southampton vice chairman Les Reed said in a statement on Friday.

"We had an impressive list of candidates and went through a comprehensive interview process.

"Mauricio impressed us throughout with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way.

"He has an excellent understanding of the Southampton way and his style of play and aspiration matches the philosophy, culture and ambition of the club."

It is the second time Southampton have turned to an Argentine coach having employed Mauricio Pochettino for 14 months before he joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2014.

Pellegrino said he was "excited and passionate" about the future with the south coast club.

"I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together," he said.

"We have to be a team on and off the pitch; I want to make the supporters proud of the players and to feel part of the game every week."

Frenchman Puel was fired after less than a year in charge despite taking Southampton to the League Cup final and eighth place in the Premier League table.

Southampton won only one of their final eight league games, scoring just one goal in their last five home matches, and ended with their lowest points tally in four years.


Source: AAP

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