by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)
Southampton have announced the sacking of manager Mauricio Pellegrino, with the club sitting just one point above the relegation zone.
The Argentine picked up five league wins in charge of Saints during his nine month tenure, with just one Premier League victory since November.
A club meeting was held after the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday, and the decision to sack Pellegrino is a last-ditch attempt to salvage Southampton’s Premier League status.
Pellegrino’s assistants Carlos Compagnucci and Xavier Tamarit have also departed St Mary’s.
“Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with First Team Manager Mauricio Pellegrino.” a statement from the club read.
“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.”
It is understood that the club has not yet decided on Pellegrino’s successor, with the hope that an appointment will be made before Southampton’s next Premier League fixture on March 31st.
Pellegrino’s side salvaged a 1-1 draw at the Vitality Stadium against south coast rivals Bournemouth in December, when Charlie Austin’s 61st minute strike cancelled out Ryan Fraser’s opener.