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Matt Le Tissier: Mauricio Pellegrino was too negative at Southampton

13 March 2018

The Saints have won just one of their past 17 league matches and lost 3-0 at Newcastle United on Saturday.

Hughes has taken charge of almost 450 Premier League matches for Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke.

― 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.

"As far as the situation we are in at the moment, I think it makes sense to go with someone who has Premier League experience - who doesn't have to get to know a new set of players".

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Assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first-team coach Xavier Tamarit have also left the club.

Pellegrino was appointed last summer to replace Claude Puel, who was adjudged to have performed poorly in his lone campaign in charge of Southampton, but the current Leicester boss ensured the Saints were never fearing relegation.

"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".

So they hired Pellegrino, and nine months on they must be regretting their decision.

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Le Tissier, who played 443 league games for Southampton over a 17-year stint, added blame should not just lie at the door of the manager, and wants the next boss to bring fresh impetus to the under-performing players.

Former Watford boss Marco Silva instantly emerged as the frontrunner to succeed the Argentine on Monday night.

Hughes played more than 50 times for Southampton in the late 1990s and his appointment would end a run of four non-British managers after Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman, Puel and Pellegrino.

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Matt Le Tissier: Mauricio Pellegrino was too negative at Southampton