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Southampton sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino with club just above relegation zone

The Argentine failed to last a single season on the south coast after a terrible run of results

It’s the business end of the season – so if your club is in trouble there are tough decisions to make.

And Southampton have pulled the trigger.

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The Saints have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino with the club just a single point above the Premier League relegation zone.

Southampton were easily beaten by relegation rivals Newcastle at the weekend, with Pellegrino humiliated by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

That result leaves them just above Crystal Palace and Stoke with eight games of the season to play.

In the wake of that defeat at St James’ Park Pellegrino accused some of his players of downing tools.

Going, going, gone

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Going, going, gone

But it is the manager who has been given his marching orders as the Saints desperately try to stay in the top flight.

In a club statement they said: “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.”

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