As well as Pellegrino, assistant manager Carlos Compagnucci and assistant first team coach Xavier Tamarit also left Southampton on Monday. “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,” said a club statement. “The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway.”
Southampton did consider Marco Silva last summer before he was ultimately appointed by Watford but he then lost his job amid friction over his desire to replace Ronald Koeman at Everton.
Having sacked two managers in nine months, Southampton must now decide whether to approach Silva after ultimately overlooking him last summer in favour of Pellegrino. He is certainly now among the contenders. They also seriously considered Frank de Boer last summer, although his dreadful reign at Crystal Palace will surely have ended his chances. Thomas Tuchel was another manager considered – and he is also still between jobs – butthere were concerns last summer over his departure from Borussia Dortmund and his relationship with key personnel at the Bundesliga club.
The Southampton board has recently always favoured managers who are available and, with a quick appointment now wanted, they are again likely to look first at those candidates who are out of work.