Southampton appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as their new boss

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Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager. The 45-year old Argentine has been appointed on a three-year deal and replaces Claude Puel who was sacked last week.

Southampton have acted quickly to name Puel’s successor, with former Alaves boss Pellegrino penning a contract at St Mary’s less than a month after stepping down as Alaves’ boss. The former Argentina centre-back led the Spanish club to the Copa del Rey final and ninth place in his only season.

Former Barcelona and Liverpool defender Pellegrino, who served as assistant to Rafael Benitez at both Anfield and Inter Milan, will replace Claude Puel, who was sacked earlier this month after just one season in charge despite leading the Saints to an eight-place berth in the Premier League and the EFL Cup final.

So Southampton’s objectives are crystal clear and they have entrusted Pellegrino with the job of fulfilling their objectives.

“I am really happy to become the new coach of Southampton Football Club,” Pellegrino said. “The club has a great reputation for having a strong and stable structure, competing in the Premier League and playing attractive football.

“I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together. 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. I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100 per cent and supports each other.

“I am excited and passionate about what the future holds for us and look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the new season.”

Southampton’s vice-chairman Les Reed was impressed by Pellegrino’s depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, and his style of communicating this in a professional and passionate way.

In praise of the former Valencia, Independiente and Estudiantes manager, he said : “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. We firmly believe Mauricio is the right person to help us take the next steps.

“Mauricio believes with the quality we have we can play exciting, attacking football, taking the game to our opponents by playing a high-intensity game. He will continue to develop and introduce young players whilst building on the core of experience that we have in the squad.

During the recruitment process Mauricio quickly became our first choice and, while he had other options, we are delighted he feels that St Mary’s is the right place for him and we believe he is the right fit for us.”, Les Reed added.