Southampton announces Mauricio Pellegrino as new Manager

Southampton announces Mauricio Pellegrino as new Manager

Southampton have announced the appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino as Claude Puel’s successor after the Argentinian agreed a three-year contract with the Saints.

Pellegrino who will officially link up with them next week, in time for the start of pre-season training stated that he was delighted to take the job when on his arrival at Southampton.

Pellegrino said: “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.”

Vice Chairman (Football) Les Reed said: “I am delighted that after a diligent selection process we have recruited Mauricio Pellegrino as our new First Team Manager.

“We had an impressive list of candidates and went through a comprehensive interview process. Mauricio impressed us throughout with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way.

“He has an excellent understanding of the Southampton Way, and his style of play and aspiration matches the philosophy, culture and ambition of the club.

“We firmly believe Mauricio is the right person to help us take the next steps. He knows our players and believes we have a great squad that with some fine-tuning will be able to deliver continued success.

“Mauricio believes with the quality we have we can play exciting, attacking football, taking the game to our opponents by playing a high-intensity game. He will continue to develop and introduce young players whilst building on the core of experience that we have in the squad.

Pellegrino who is replaceing Frenchman Claude Puel has worked as a coach at Anfield under Rafa Benitez.

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