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Mauricio Pellegrino: Southampton part ways with Argentine manager

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Southampton have sacked Mauricio Pellegrino after a miserable streak that saw just one win after 17 Premier League matches.

Southampton have won only five league games this season, two of them against the bottom club, West Bromwich Albion. Pellegrino had been expected to bring an attacking brand of front-foot football to St Mary’s but his team have struggled to convince and their conservative style of play has frustrated supporters.

The frustration has clearly embroiled even the hierarchs of the club, as Pellegrino becomes the top-flight’s ninth managerial casualty since August.

Their record left them embroiled in a fight to avoid relegation with nine games remaining, even as the club now targeting a quick appointment for a new manager.

“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,” read a Saints club statement on Monday evening. “The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible.” The assistant manager, Carlos Compagnucci, and the assistant first-team coach, Xavier Tamarit, have also left .

It will be the third manager appointed at St Mary’s in less than two years – which should be done ideally before Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan Athletic. Still, club officials could wait to name the Argentinian’s successor since they would have no league match until the end of this month, at West Ham on 31 March.

Amongst the candidates to replace Pellegrino are Marco Silva, the former Watford and Hull City manager who is now out of work and was once of interest to Saints, and Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, who has also previously been linked with the club.

Nonetheless, one could argue that the timing of Pellegrino’s dismissal does not bode well as Southampton, who sits just a point above the bottom three has a challenging run-in ahead. They only have only three home matches remaining, including the visits of Chelsea and Manchester City, the latter on the final day of the season.

Manchester United closes in on Jose Mourinho contract renewal

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Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement with manager Jose Mourinho over a new contract with both parties confident an agreement can soon be reached.

Talks have progressed well between the manager with the executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward and it is now just a matter of time before Mourinho commits to remain at Old Trafford beyond the expiry of his present deal in 2019.

Since his tenure as United manager which began in 2016, Mourinho’s apparent unease over transfer budget and his refusal to move out of the hotel he stays in led to speculation over his future.

However, 55-year-old Portuguese described those reports about his future as “garbage” in a pre-match press conference in early January; when he asked about a possible departure from Old Trafford last month, Mourinho added: “I am going to leave when the club wants me to leave because I have no intention to leave at all. My intention is to stay and to work and to improve and to bring the club to where the club belongs.”

In the 2016-17 season — his first in charge at United as Mourinho claimed two trophies in the League Cup and Europa League, with the latter securing a return to Champions League football after a season out of the competition.

Although United finished only sixth in the Premier League, they are second at present, and if they remain there at the end of the season it would be their highest Premier League finish since Sir Alex Ferguson claimed a 20th title in May 2013.

Still, winning United’s 21st championship remains Mourinho’s chief ambition at the club and as his side trail Manchester City by 12 points after 23 games he is conscious that the club’s wait for another title is set to reach half a decade at the end of the campaign.

Alan Pardew set to be appointed as West Brom manager

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West Brom are set to appoint former Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew as their manager in place of Tony Pulis.

The Baggies sacked Tony Pulis on 20 November after the club went for 10 Premier League games without a victory and was left just one point above the relegation zone.

Pardew, 56, who himself has been out of a job since he was sacked by Crystal Palace in December 2016, is expected to sign a deal until 2020 as he prepares to assume the role of Albion’s sixth permanent manager since 2011.

West Brom let slip a two-goal lead on Tuesday as they drew 2-2 at home to Newcastle, but moved up to 16th place in the table ahead of Everton.

Pardew will take charge of his first game against former club Palace at The Hawthorns on Saturday, as Albion then face trips to Liverpool and Swansea before a home fixture against Manchester United.

The English coach has also had spent time at Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton in an 18-year managerial career, highlighted with two FA Cup final defeats.

Former West Brom boss Gary Megson has taken temporary charge since Pulis’ departure.

“I will meet the chairman at 10:00 tomorrow, what about? I don’t know,” Megson said following the draw against Newcastle. “Something has to be done at some point. I was just told in the interim period to take the team. What I’ve done the last eight or nine days is what I’ve done for the last 20 years, so I have enjoyed all that.”

“I haven’t applied for manager jobs in the last three years but whatever happens now, if ones do come up I will apply.”

West Brom sacks boss Tony Pulis after thrashing by Chelsea

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West Bromwich Albion coach Tony Pulis has been sacked from the club after a poor run of form that culminated with a 4-0 top-flight defeat by Chelsea at home.

Gary Megson, his assistant and also a former manager of the club, will be taking over on an interim basis “until further notice” as Pulis becomes the fifth manager to be relieved of his post in the Premier League.

The managerial casualties began with Frank de Boer, who was sacked by Crystal Palace in September after only 77 days in charge, Craig Shakespeare who left Leicester just four months after signing a three-year permanent deal in October Ronald Koeman was sacked by Everton later that month and West Ham dismissed Slaven Bilic earlier this month.

Pulis was appointed as coach of West Brom in January 2015, when the team were 17th in the Premier League table — but he was able to guide the team to assured survival 13th, falling a place the following season before ending the next in 10th — the club’s highest ever finish.

Nevertheless, the good work Pulis had done appears disregarded as the Baggies lag a point above the relegation zone at present despite winning their first three games. Their winless run in 10 Premier League games was met with heavy criticism from without and within and appeared to have prompt the club management into action.

Regardless of the injustice, Pulis, 59, said he was “proud” to have managed the club and predicted the team can finish in the “upper reaches” of the table, whilst defending his record through a statement in the League Managers Association.

“My remit was to develop the squad and ensure we delivered results which would in turn improve the club’s financial position,” the Welsh coach said. “Our final league position in the last three seasons has represented the accomplishment of our targets as a club; sustaining our status in the Premier League and delivering stability, throughout the club’s transition of ownership.”

With Pulis’s dismissal, West Brom are now looking to appoint their sixth permanent manager since 2011, but will not be allowed time and space as they are due to visit Tottenham this Saturday.