Former Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino takes charge of Leganes

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 02 June 2018, 13:38

Former Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is back in management with Spanish side Leganes, three months after losing his job at St Mary's.

The Argentine has put pen-to-paper and signed a one-year deal with the La Liga side, who were recently left managerless after Asier Garitano decided to venture off to Real Sociedad.

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Pellegrino previously managed in La Liga with Valencia and more recently Alaves, with whom he led to 9th spot and the Copa del Rey final, before leaving for Southampton last summer.

In truth Pellegrino was a surprising replacement for Claude Puel in the Saints dugout given that he wasn't exactly known for an attack-minded philosophy, which is what the club were reportedly after following the paint-drying drabness  of Puel's final games at the helm.

In the end it didn't work out for the 46-year-old as he was belatedly sacked in March after registering only five wins in 30 league matches, while a run of one win in 17 games left the south coast side one point and one place above the relegation zone.

Former player Mark Hughes then came over in the other direction and saved the Saints from the dreaded drop, and then subsequently penned a permanent three-year contract.


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