Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrino after dismal run

  • Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrino after dismal run

Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrino after dismal run

When a manager accuses his players of "giving up", it is normally him who gets the sack and Pellegrino nearly sounded like a man asking for his P45, but these players can not be allowed to escape censure.

A Southampton statement confirmed assistants Carlos Compagnucci and Xavier Tamarit have also left the club, with the search for a replacement said to be "already underway".

"The early goal gave us more confidence but overall the performance was really good".

Newcastle had missed a chance to put breathing room between themselves and the drop two weeks ago when they let a 2-0 lead slip in a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth before suffering a 2-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.

"We're confident in the system we play and in each other". He has been guilty of some disciplinary issues with a couple of sendings off this season, but when he plays like he did on Saturday he is a very important player.

Kenedy is not the only January signing to have made a positive impact since moving to Tyneside, as goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has also hit the ground running.

"This was a fantastic game to win, but the main thing is, if you are not strong enough to win, that you are strong enough to draw".

Since returning to the Premier League in 2012, Southampton have been successful in managing a high turnover of managers and playing staff.

"They don't show any stress and that's important. They've definitely made it easier for me to come in because they take care of the balls that are coming into the box".

It has been a torrid season for a once-promising side, as they are now in the midst a relegation scrap.

They then face a crunch clash with relegation rivals West Ham at the London Stadium on March 31.

Asked if the Southampton game had been a "must-win" fixture, Benitez said: "I don't know if I said that, but it was an important game to win".