Southampton sack manager Pellegrino

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With Saints languishing 17th in the Premier League having managed just one win in 17 top-flight matches, the club sacked former Argentina worldwide Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday evening.

Hovering just one spot above the relegation zone Southampton are in danger of losing the top-flight status they acquired six seasons ago.

Whoever takes up the role will have a hard job on their hands to keep them in the English top-flight, especially as they still have to face Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

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Sacked Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino says there are "many reasons" for the club's recent struggles.

The club sit 17th in the league on 28 points, a point ahead of Crystal Palace and Stoke, with eight games left to play.

Southampton are hoping to have Pellegrino's successor in place for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan Athletic.

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Whoever is appointed will be the club's fifth permanent manager in the five years since Mauricio Pochettino, now Spurs manager, replaced Nigel Adkins.

News of Pellegrino's dismissal on Monday follows the Saints' 0-3 loss last weekend away to Newcastle United, their fourth consecutive league match without a victory.

Slaven Bilic and Marco Silva, two other recently fired Premier League managers, are not thought to be in the running.

The Welshman has taken charge of 445 Premier League matches for Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke.

In a statement, Pellegrino said: "From the beginning I tried to do my best every single day".

The Argentine was relieved of his duties as manager after going 17 games with just one win.