Newcastle fans rush to praise star midfielder after Southampton win - 'Rolls Royce'

Argentine Pellegrino was sacked as Saints boss on Monday night with the south coast club languishing in 17th and only a point above the Premier League relegation zone.

A 3-0 loss to Newcastle on Saturday seems to have been the final straw for Pellegrino, who joined the club last summer on a three-year contract.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible", Southamtpon said in a statement on their website.

Gary Lineker says that Southampton have made a "pointless" decision in sacking manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

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

"I observed some players who gave up and we can not show this, to be honest", Pellegrino admitted after the humbling loss at St James' Park.

Pellegrino said after that loss: "I observed some players who gave up and we can not show this, to be honest".

"The one thing we have is confidence in our team".

Former England worldwide Gary Lineker has described the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino from Southampton as "pointless".

Southampton must now wait until the end of the month for their next game in the Premier League, when they face fellow strugglers West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Pellegrino took over from Claude Puel in June and was charged with building upon last season's eighth-place finish while freeing the players from the Frenchman's conservative approach.

Conceding 44 goals in the Premier League so far this season, Southampton may not have the worst defence but they do have one of the most error prone.

But scoring has been their biggest problem all season, with Charlie Austin their top-scorer with only six goals in all competitions.

Now, reports suggest that Rafa Benitez's side are keen to open talks with Chelsea over a permanent deal for the player.

  • Rogelio Becker