Relegation-threatened Southampton dismiss manager Mauricio Pellegrino

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Southampton are looking for a new manager again, having tonight confirmed that Mauricio Pellegrino has been relieved of his duties.

Pellegrino, a former Argentina worldwide, was appointed in June as the successor to Claude Puel. The club also sacked two of Pellegrino's assistants.

"Assistant Manager Carlos Compagnucci and Assistant First Team Coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club". The south coast club is now just a point and one place above the drop zone.

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Southampton have fired manager Mauricio Pellegrino in a bid to prevent a slide out of the English Premier League.

The Saints now sit one point above the bottom three with eight matches remaining in the 2017/18 PL season.

Last summer Pellegrino, 46, was appointed to replace Claude Puel, who is now manager of eighth-place Leicester City.

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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", the club said in a brief statement, "with the search for a replacement already underway". "I observed some players who gave up and we can not show this, to be honest", he told reporters at his post-match press conference.

Southampton, who sold centre-back Virgil van Dijk for a record-breaking £75 million ($102 million, 84 million euros) in January, have started leaking goals in recent weeks, conceding 19 in their last 10 Premier League outings.

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Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, former Southampton star Francis Benali said: 'It is something that has been bubbling away and has been talked about by Southampton fans for a while. "I haven't seen my team compete in this way this season without the spirit you need to compete at this level." .

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