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Benitez urges Newcastle to manage games better

Benitez urges Newcastle to manage games better

"Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with First Team Manager Mauricio Pellegrino", a club statement read.

Southampton have parted ways with manager Mauricio Pellegrino, the club confirmed on Monday.

The Argentinian was only appointed as manager last summer but the Saints hierarchy pulled the trigger with eight games remaining as they attempt to cling on to the Premier League status.

Kenedy repaid his loan fee when his double helped Newcastle beat Southampton 3-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday.

"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. However the team have struggled in front of goal, and he departs with Southampton one place and one point above the bottom three. At this level you can not start in this way because we missed an fantastic chance to try to improve.

"Because we can't do this to ourselves, we can't do this to the fans who have travelled so far - but most importantly we can't do this to the club".

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

The Saints face League One side Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend.

Pellegrino was appointed last June after Claude Puel's departure but endured a hard campaign, with Southampton's run of five straight seasons finishing 14th or above nearly guaranteed to come to an end this year.

Southampton, who sold centre-back Virgil van Dijk for a record-breaking £75 million (US$102 million, €84 million) in January, have started leaking goals in recent weeks, conceding 19 in their last 10 Premier League outings.

"There are some players he can talk with a little bit more".


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