Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino: Next appointment discussed in statement

Southampton striker Guido Carrillo describes Mauricio Pellegrino as “a master”

Southampton have sacked Mauricio Pellegrino after a miserable run of one win in 17 Premier League matches left them embroiled in a fight to avoid relegation with nine games remaining.

The straw that broke the camels back proved to come on Saturday with the heavy3-0 defeat toNewcastle United on Saturday, with it now being unknown who will take charge of the FA Cup quarter-final with Wigan Athletic ahead of the global break.

Southampton will look to make a swift appointment following the 46-year-old's departure.

The club also conirmed that Pellegrino's backroom staff would be following the Argentinian through the exit door.

They have won just five league games this season and their 3-2 victory at West Bromwich Albion, who are bottom of the table, in February is their only league win since November.

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

Changes are coming at Southampton, as the Premier League side attempts to fend off relegation this season.

Saints were beaten 3-0 by Newcastle United on Saturday and lie just one point above the dreaded drop zone.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, former Southampton star Francis Benali said: 'It is something that has been bubbling away and has been talked about by Southampton fans for a while.

Southampton, who sold centre-back Virgil van Dijk for a record-breaking £75 million ($102 million, 84 million euros) in January, have started leaking goals in recent weeks, conceding 19 in their last 10 Premier League outings.

The defeat at Newcastle was one of the low points of the season for the Saints, with Pellegrino saying after the game: "I haven't seen my team compete in this way this season, without the spirit you need to compete at this level".

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