Southampton supporters vent frustration at under fire manager Mauricio Pellegrino

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 January 2018, 14:21

Seven Premier League gaffers have already been swatted aside this season, and we may not have to wait too long for an eighth managerial casualty with Southampton’s Mauricio Pellegrino under immense pressure at St Mary’s.

Stoke’s belated decision to axe Mark Hughes over the weekend means that Pellegrino now finds himself as the fresh favourite for the sack.

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Negative football, a toothless attack, and lack of charisma have all combined to count against Pellegrino who has underwhelmed since he was named as the surprise replacement for Claude Puel in the summer.

The Argentine may have secured a brief respite during the club’s narrow 1-0 victory at Championship side Fulham on Saturday (FA Cup), however a defeat at Watford in the league this upcoming weekend is likely to spell the end for the beleaguered boss.

After all, the travelling Saints support were heard head bellowing “You don’t know what you’re doing!” in Pellegrino’s direction after he made a second-half substitution during the victory over the Cottagers. Although the 46-year-old was quick to brush this aside, telling Sky Sports News:

"I am not upset. I think the fans are with us and the team and were great from beginning until the end and I cannot complain about anything.

"I understand when the fans have their opinions, but when I am doing something I am thinking about my team and my players and not the fans."

Four wins and just 20 points from 22 top-flight matches represents a woeful return - only West Brom have fewer wins to their name - and should the Saints fail to beat Marco Silva’s out-of-form Hornets on Saturday then Pellegrino may not make the following fixture at home to Tottenham, a club that spanked the south coast club 5-2 on Boxing Day.

History tells us that Saints haven’t gone 10 Premier League games without a win since they were relegated down to the second-tier back in the 2004/05 season, and even then they sacked Steve Wigley during that winless streak, replacing him with Harry Redknapp.

Many Saints supporters now want the club’s hierarchy to enforce change in order to swiftly bring in a new manager who can be trusted with the whopping £75million they received from Virgil van Dijk’s mega-money switch to Liverpool.

Southampton's last four managers have all been foreign, but Derby County gaffer Gary Rowett is a name being whispered on the terraces, while the majority of fans will hope that rumours linking Steve McClaren to the post are complete nonsense!

Other moves in the next Premier League manager to leave market include Arsene Wenger, who has been slashed from 50/1 to 16/1 following Arsenal’s shock FA Cup exit at the hands of managerless Nottingham Forest, while Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is now a 14/1 shot for the chop.


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