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Southampton appoint Pellegrino as manager

Southampton have appointed Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager.

Pellegrino replaces Claude Puel, who was sacked in June after just one season as manager.

Pellegrino stood down as Alaves manager in late May, after losing the Spanish Cup final to Barcelona and finishing ninth in La Liga with a club that had been promoted the season before.

"My philosophy and the culture of the club will work well," said Pellegrino, who has signed a three-year deal.

"I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100% and supports each other. I am excited and passionate about what the future holds."

Southampton vice-chairman Les Reed said former Liverpool defender Pellegrino "impressed us with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability" adding that he "quickly became our first choice.  While he had other options, we are delighted he feels that St Mary's is the right place for him."

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