Report: Southampton close in on former Liverpool coach

Date published: Tuesday 20th June 2017 10:17

Southampton could appoint Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager this week, with talks set to take place between the two parties.

Saints are after a new head coach after axing Claude Puel earlier this month, and it is believed that Pellegrino is the leading contender for the role.

Southampton’s Head of Football Development Les Reed is looking for someone with an experience of managing at the top level and Pellegrino certainly made a mark with Alaves in Spain last season after guiding them to a ninth-placed finish in La Liga and the Copa del Rey final, where they lost to Barcelona.

The 45-year-old also has experience of playing and coaching in England after working under and alongside Rafael Benitez at Liverpool in two separate spells.

Reading boss Jaap Stam and former Inter manager Frank De Boer had been linked with the job before Pellegrino emerged as the frontrunner, while managerless Crystal Palace are also said to have shown an interest in the Argentine.

Southampton club officials have stated that they are eager to have a new manager in place prior to the players returning for pre-season training on June 29, while no decisions on ins and outs will be made until the new man is in place.

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