Southampton have confirmed the sacking of coach Mauricio Pellegrino following a poor run of form.
Pellegrino, a former Argentina defender, was appointed in June as the successor to Claude Puel leaves the team at just one point and one place above the Premier League relegation zone with eight games left this season.Southampton in an official statement
on its website wrote:"Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with First Team Manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
"Assistant Manager Carlos Compagnucci and Assistant First Team Coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club.
"We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton, and wish them well for the future.
"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway."
The Saints who have won just one of their past
17 league matches and lost 3-0 at Newcastle United on Saturday face Wigan on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.
They are in their sixth successive season in the Premier League and have not finished lower than 14th in any of the previous five.