Negative football cost Pellegrino


Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier says Mauricio Pellegrino's negative football cost him his job at St Mary's.

Pellegrino was appointed last summer, taking over from the sacked Claude Puel, but his time on the south coast has already come to an end after his dismissal was confirmed on Monday night.

The Argentine tactician leaves the club 17th in the Premier League, just one point clear of relegation, and they face a real battle to stay up this season, especially with games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City still to come.

Southampton’s search for a new manager is underway and Le Tissier, who scored over 150 goals for the Saints, believes a lack of attacking play was the reason Pellegrino was given the chop.

‘It’s probably very similar to last season, the club had become very accustomed under Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman of having a team very much on the front foot, creating lots of chances and scoring lots of goals, being in games and giving the big boys a run for their money,’ he said.

‘Unfortunately, in the last couple of seasons, that hasn’t been the case. We’ve been a fairly negative side, not on the front foot that much, and certainly not scoring the amount of goals to take us to a good position in the league.

‘Whenever a manager goes that long, winning one game in 17, I think everybody understands in football these days that the guy is under serious pressure.’