Mauricio Pellegrino set for Southampton interview

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 19 June 2017, 10:05

Southampton will look to appoint a new manager by the end of the month ahead of the players return to pre-season training on 29 June.

According to local newspaper, The Daily Echo, the Saints will begin the interview process this week with the likes of Mauricio Pellegrino, Patrick Vieira and Frank de Boer in the mix for a post which opened up last Wednesday following the sacking of Claude Puel.

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Liverpool fans will remember Pellegrino as an assistant to Rafa Benitez at Anfield between 2008 and 2010. In his own right he’s managed over in Spain with Valencia and most recently Alaves, while in between those posts he ventured back to his homeland, Argentina, with Estudiantes and Indepeniente.

Pellegrino, who has also been linked with managerless Crystal Palace, has caught the attention of Southampton chiefs after excelling with Spanish minnows Alavez last season, leading the newly promoted La Liga club to a 9th place finish, and the Copa del Rey final.

If the 45-year-old impresses in an expected interview this week then he could well be set for an exciting move to the Saints who have finished in the top-8 in each of the last four consecutive seasons.

Former frontrunner Frank de Boer has drifted out to 17/2, as he’s now the odds-on favourite for the Palace post ahead of Sean Dyche and Pellegrino.

Patrick Vieira has also been linked with the Saints, while Thomas Tuchel ruled himself out, Roger Schmidt is now in China, while it’s believed that 29-year-old Julian Nadelsmann will stay at Hoffenheim.

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