Southampton find their man in Mauricio Pellegrinoby Jack Kitson / 24 June 2017, 09:44Tweet
Southampton have appointed Mauricio Pellegrino on a three-year deal at St Mary's.
Pellegrino, who was also linked with Crystal Palace, fended off competition from the likes of Frank de Boer and Markus Weinzierl to land the top-flight job, as he becomes the fifth manager to take charge of the Saints since they returned to the Premier League in 2012.
Earlier in June the south coast side sacked Claude Puel after a single season at the helm.
The Frenchman secured an 8th place standing and a runners-up spot in the League Cup, but was sent packing due to widespread discontent with his conservative style of play.
It's now former Liverpool coach Pellegrino, not to get confused with former Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who comes in as Puel's replacement in the dugout.
The Argentine enjoyed a superb 2016/17 season in charge of La Liga new boys Alaves with whom he led to an impressive 9th place finish and the final of the Copa del Rey.
But come the end of the campaign Pellegrino, who has also managed Valencia and homeland sides Independiente and Estudiantes, decided to call it quits in the hope of landing a job in England, something which has now come to fruition.
Upon his appointment Pellegrino said:
"My philosophy and the culture of the club will work well. I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100% and supports each other.
"I am excited and passionate about what the future holds."
Pellegrino has promised a return of exciting, attacking football, as he bids to make an instant impact at Southampton, who will now hope to keep hold of their star players, including the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Redmond.