Southampton confirm they have parted company with Mauricio Pellegrino following a woeful run of form in the Premier League.
Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have followed Pellegrino through the exit door.
“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,” said a club statement.
Pellegrino leaves with Southampton 17th in the Premier League, just one point above the relegation zone after 30 games, having picked up just one win in their last 17 matches. Only West Bromwich Albion have won fewer games (3) than the Saints (5), while scoring just once in their last four.
Since November’s 4-1 win over Southampton, the Saints have picked up 12 points from a possible 51, although it’s worth noting they’ve only lost three games in 10. Pellegrino’s men were draw specialists this season, playing out more stalemates (13) than any other club (11).
A lack of goals has been partly the problem, with Southampton’s top scorer netting just six this season – Charlie Austin who has played less than 600 minutes of Premier League football and has been injured for the last three months.
Pellegrino joined the club last summer after leading newly-promoted Alaves to ninth in the La Liga table and reaching the Copa Del Rey final in his first season at the Mendizorrotza Stadium. He failed to have the same impact at St Marys.