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Southampton appoint former Liverpool defender as boss

Pellegrino has been appointed Southampton boss. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pellegrino has been appointed as the new Southampton manager on a three-year deal.

Despite guiding Saints to eighth in the Premier League and the EFL Cup final in his first season, frustrations behind the scenes and in the stands led to Claude Puel's sacking last week.

Southampton have acted quickly to name his successor, with former Alaves boss Pellegrino penning a contract at St Mary's.

Pellegrino said of his new role: “I am really happy to become the new coach of Southampton Football Club. The club has a great reputation for having a strong and stable structure, competing in the Premier League and playing attractive football.

“I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together. We have to be a team on and off the pitch; I want to make the supporters proud of the players and to feel part of the game every week. I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100 per cent and supports each other.

“I am excited and passionate about what the future holds for us and look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the new season.”

Southampton wrong to sack Claude Puel - McMenemy

Sacked Saints boss Claude Puel Credit: PA

Southampton greats Lawrie McMenemy and Mick Channon have said that the club were wrong to sack Claude Puel.

Saints finished eighth in the Premier League and reached the EFL Cup final at Wembley, but a lack of goals - they scored only 17 times in 19 home league games - saw the Frenchman fired after a single season at St Mary's.

Channon, who made over 500 appearances for the club over two spells on the south coast, believes the 55-year-old was harshly treated.

Saints were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United at Wembley, despite dominating much of the game, and McMenemy - who was manager when the club won the 1976 FA Cup - believes Puel should have been given more time.

Well I don't think he did a bad job. I don't know the politics of it. They never scored goals, they didn't win games at the end of the year.

They should have won the League Cup - if they had would they have sacked him?

It wasn't his fault Charlie Austin was injured for most of the season.

Why sack someone if you've got no-one better? Personally I think they were wrong to sack him.

At Wembley we were very unlucky.

On the other hand, if you've been at the games, the football has not been attractive and not enough goals so the season ended on a disappointment for the supporters.

They didn't like the way their team played, there were too many changes for me - I read in the paper 250 changes over the season.

In the FA Cup against a weakened Arsenal we lost 5-0 at home.

On the last day the majority (of supporters) left and the ones that stayed didn't applaud when the manager came out.

Let him learn, give him an opportunity to get it right.

– Lawrie McMenemy

Southampton terminate manager Puel's contract

Puel has left Southampton. Credit: PA

Southampton have sacked manager Claude Puel with immediate effect.

The Frenchman took over at St Mary's last summer and guided Saints to the EFL Cup final, where they lost to Manchester United, and an eighth-placed finish in last season's Premier League.

But the board has opted to make a change, dismissing the former Lyon and Nice boss. A statement from Southampton said the club had "terminated the contract of Claude Puel with immediate effect".

It continued: "Everyone at Southampton would like to express our thanks to Claude for his hard work and commitment this year.

"The highlight of the season was a memorable day at Wembley in the EFL Cup final, a day our fans will always treasure. We wish Claude well for the future.

"The search for a new management team is under way.

"We are confident that we will find the right fit in line with the long term vision of the club."

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