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Southampton legend Le Tissier: Pellegrino was too negative

Southampton legend Le Tissier: Pellegrino was too negative

― Reuters picLONDON, March 13 ― Southampton's refusal to sell defender Virgil van Dijk in the close season had disrupted their Premier League campaign which ultimately led to manager Mauricio Pellegrino being sacked, former club captain Matt Le Tissier has said.

Of their eight remaining league fixtures five are away from home and two of their home matches are against Chelsea and Manchester City.

Saints' most recent defeat, 3-0 at Newcastle, left the south coast club just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

Southampton dismissed Pellegrino yesterday after just one victory in 17 league games under the manager.

"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 statement said.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already under way".

The team has been in the Premier League since 2012.




The 54-year-old has managed Stoke, QPR, Fulham, Man City and Blackburn without ever being relegated from the top-flight, although it's fair to say that after the sleep-inducing football under Claude Puel and Pellegrino, Hughes doesn't represent the most inspiring of appointments.

So they hired Pellegrino, and nine months on they must be regretting their decision.

Former Watford boss Marco Silva was instantly linked with a swift return to the top flight, but he is no longer the favourite to take the job.

But rather than opt for a short-term option until the end of the season, The Daily Echo reports that Southampton are instead eager to find a long-term successor for Pellegrino.

But who will take on the challenge of keeping the Saints up?

Given that the Saints only have eight league games to go then club legend, and caretaker, Kelvin Davis could well be an option until the end of the season.