The Southampton board have decided to act at last. With 30 games played in an underwhelming campaign, the board have parted company with a manager that never really looked the part. Pellegrino was disappointed to leave early as he was still confident of avoiding relegation to League One next season. The ex-Saints boss was adamant that he could have secured safety:
I know I’m not the most inspirational manager out there but I’m confident that we would have survived in the Championship next season
When he gathered media pointed out that Southampton were still battling for survival in the Premier League, Pellegrino scoffed at their nativity
One of the most important lessons in life is to know when you’re beaten. I realised that we were beaten long before Christmas and started preparing for the Championship. I guarantee you that we will survive next season and even Shane Long might get a few goals
Pellegrino has not been a popular manager with supporters of the club. His team’s complete capitulation to Newcastle was the final straw. Pellegrino feels that he should have gotten more time to fix things
I’m not saying the championship is easy but I’m fairy confident that we would have stayed up, if I had been given another year or two. While I lost the dressing room around 9 months ago, that won’t be as important in the Championship as the standard is lower. An apathetic Carrillo in the second tier is like an eager Jordan Rhodes in the Premier League
The bemused media then spent the next twenty minutes trying to figure out the inner workings of Pellegrino‘s mind but just like Southampton this season, failed miserably to achieve their goal.