Struggling Southampton fire manager Mauricio Pellegrino

Lynette Rowe
March 13, 2018

They are only a point above third-bottom Crystal Palace with eight games to play, their next game an FA Cup quarter-final with League One Wigan Athletic before a crucial trip to 16th-placed West Ham.

The Saints now sit one point above the bottom three with eight matches remaining in the 2017/18 PL season.

"Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with first team Manager Mauricio Pellegrino", Southampton said in a statement.

Mauricio Pellegrino rolled the dice with two substitutes but any work he put into motion was undone as Matt Ritchie scored Newcastle their third with a sublime low effort on the hour.

Pellegrino was appointed manager last summer, but the Saints have won just one of their last 17 league games and fell to a 3-0 defeat to relegation rivals Newcastle United on Saturday.

"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".

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Pellegrino admitted as much himself after the Newcastle defeat, saying: "I observed some players who gave up and we can not show this, to be honest".

"I have no idea if there is a chance we can keep him after the end of the season, I think at the moment we have to make sure we enjoy him while he is here". The spirit of the team and the attitude is everything. "It's now time to move on, appoint a new manager, and get out of the trouble we are in at the moment".

The former Liverpool midfielder is really rising to the challenge in the heart of the park for Newcastle, with his form as good as it has been right now, and his range of passing and partnership with Mo Diame has given the Tyneside outfit the platform to launch an escape bid from.

"I would like to say sorry to our fans, because we couldn't show the value of the club", he said as per the club's official site. "We are confident we will stay up, we have confidence in our team and we are doing well".

With 21 defensive errors so far this season, only Arsenal (27) have made more than Southampton in the Premier League - as well as Europe's top five leagues.

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