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Southampton fire coach Mauricio Pellegrino

IANS  |  London 

English football has announced the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino, who joined the English (EPL) side in June 2017.

The came to England after a fairly successful run with Spain's Alaves, but sit 17th in the EPL, just one point above the relegation zone with eight matches to play, reports

News of Pellegrino's dismissal on Monday follows the Saints' 0-3 loss last weekend away to Newcastle United, their fourth consecutive league match without a victory.

have won only once in their last 17 outings, though the team have qualified for the quarter-finals of

Two of Pellegrino's top assistants, and Xavier Tamarit, were also let go.

"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 said in a brief statement.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway," Southampton said.

Some observers were surprised when Southampton fired last summer after he guided the team to an eighth-place finish in the and to the final of the EFL Cup, where they lost 2-3 to Manchester United.

Under Pellegrino, Alaves finished ninth in and played in their first-ever Copa del Rey final, losing 1-3 to



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 13:20 IST