Southampton Football club have named Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager.

Pellegrino

The 45-year-old has signed a three-year deal at St Mary’s Stadium to succeed Claude Puel, who departed the club last week after one season in charge.

“I am really happy to become the new coach of Southampton Football Club,” Pellegrino told southamptonfc.com.

“The club has a great reputation for having a strong and stable structure, competing in the Premier League and playing attractive football. I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together.”

Pellegrino joins after guiding previous club Alaves to a ninth-place finish in LaLiga and the final of the Copa del Rey.

The Saints sacked Claude Puel this month after just one season at the helm, despite having reached the EFL Cup final and secured a top-eight finish.

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