Pel­le­grino sorry to leave Southamp­ton in dan­ger

New Straits Times - - SPORT -

LON­DON: Mauri­cio Pel­le­grino said he was sorry to leave Southamp­ton in dan­ger of rel­e­ga­tion af­ter on Mon­day be­com­ing the ninth Premier League man­ager this sea­son to lose his job.

Southamp­ton man­aged only one win in Pel­le­grino’s last 17 Premier League matches at the helm, slid­ing to fourth from bot­tom in the ta­ble, one point above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

The Ar­gen­tine, who re­placed Claude Puel, wrote an open let­ter to fans which was pub­lished on the club’s web­site on Tues­day.

“From the be­gin­ning I tried to do my best ev­ery sin­gle day, I tried to give back to the club and tried to rep­re­sent the club with pride,” the let­ter be­gan.

“Some mo­ments we man­aged this, some mo­ments we couldn’t, but we have been liv­ing a dif­fi­cult sea­son for many rea­sons.”

Pel­le­grino did lead Southamp­ton into the FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nals, where they will play thirdtier Wi­gan Ath­letic on Sun­day, but the pri­or­ity for who­ever takes over for the rest of the sea­son will be to pre­serve their topflight sta­tus.

“I feel so sorry to leave the club in this sit­u­a­tion, but when you don’t get re­sults I un­der­stand the de­ci­sion the club has to take,” he said.

“I wish every­one all the best for


Burn­ley’s Ash­ley Barnes (right) trips a pitch in­vader in an English Premier League match against West Ham at The Lon­don Sta­dium on Sat­ur­day.

Mauri­cio Pel­le­grino

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