Newcastle boss Benitez: Southampton win gives us necessary confidence

Violet Powell
March 13, 2018

Southampton have parted company with their Argentine manager Mauricio Pellegrino after just one win in their last 17 Premier League games, the south-coast club said on Monday.

Pierre-Emile HĂžjbjerg issued a rallying cry to his Southampton teammates in the immediate aftermath of Saints' shocking 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday.

He was sent home from Chelsea's pre-season tour of China last summer after posting derogatory comments on social media, and was regarded in some quarters as a player who lacked discipline.

Assistant coaches Carlos Compagnucci and Xavier Tamarit have also left the club.

Southampton have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino, the Premier League club have announced.

Mauricio Pellegrino's men went behind after just 64 seconds at St James' Park and never looked like coming back, having just two shots on target in the whole match.

"The only thing we can do now is take this as a learning point", he told BBC Solent. At this level you can not start in this way because we missed an incredible chance to try to improve.

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"For this reason, I would like to say sorry to our fans because we couldn't represent our club properly".

Former England global Gary Lineker has described the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino from Southampton as "pointless".

Newcastle have now embarked on a three-week gap without a game because of a combination of the FA Cup quarter-finals and the forthcoming global break.

But Southampton had expected far better this season, after three consecutive top-eight finishes.

But scoring has been their biggest problem all season, with Charlie Austin their top-scorer with only six goals in all competitions.

"There are some players he can talk with a little bit more, he can speak Portuguese with them".

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