Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Matt Le Tissier: Mauricio Pellegrino was too negative at Southampton

Matt Le Tissier: Mauricio Pellegrino was too negative at Southampton

He eventually left the club in the summer, supposedly to retire, but ended his self imposed retirement to help Everton, who were flirting with the relegation zone, back in November of this season.

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― Reuters picLONDON, March 13 ― Southampton's refusal to sell defender Virgil van Dijk in the close season had disrupted their Premier League campaign which ultimately led to manager Mauricio Pellegrino being sacked, former club captain Matt Le Tissier has said.

Pellegrino, who took over from Frenchman Claude Puel in June,"parted company" with Southampton on Monday after a 3-0 loss to Newcastle United at the weekend left them with just one win in their last 17 Premier League games.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway", Southampton said.

The team, who are now one point outside the relegation zone, have taken on the form of their coach in recent months in that they've become nearly entirely anonymous, with no recognisable approach or identity to speak of.

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We have eight matches still to play and 24 points to play for (in the Premier League). He's a player we trust. 'I am really pleased with everything.

"Yes, you can lay the blame at the manager's door at how the team has played and been set but, but at the end of the day the players out on the football pitch have got to do the business".

Southampton will play its next premier league game against Swansea City.

Saints chief Reed sees his brand of attacking football, ability to improve players - like Rodgers dramatically has at Celtic since May 2016 - and tactical nous as being perfectly suited for the St Mary's Stadium.

Former Watford boss Marco Silva was instantly linked with a swift return to the top flight, but he is no longer the favourite to take the job.

Saints will be hoping to appoint Pellegrino's successor quickly, with an FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan looming on Sunday.

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