Sport Does Mauricio Pellegrino suit The Southampton Way?

00:16  20 june  2017
00:16  20 june  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Pellegrino 'close' to becoming Southampton manager

  Pellegrino 'close' to becoming Southampton manager Southampton are claimed to be close to appointing Mauricio Pellegrino as the club’s new manager. According to Fox Sports journalist Christian Martin this evening, the arrival of the Argentine at St Mary’s is ‘close’, and it appears as though he is the favoured candidate for the role. Twitter: Otro entrenador argentino en la Premier League. Mauricio Pellegrino cerca de cerrar su llegada a @SouthamptonFC https://t.co/3gDVmyv6QL (@askomartin) It’s been widely reported that Pellegrino is one of the candidates on Saints’ considerably narrow shortlist, with him and Dutch manager Frank de Boer having been set for talks this week. The former Liverpool defender enjoyed a hugely successful season with Alaves, leading them to the final of the Copa Del Rey and defying the odds to not only keep the Spanish side away from relegation in La Liga, but to finish in a highly commendable ninth place. Although it’s yet to be seen whether this information from Martin will be backed up by sources in England, it looks as though Saints have beaten Crystal Palace to Pellegrino.

Puel didn't suit Southampton . Southampton have shown a preference in recent years to appoint managers out of work, as seen with Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Puel. Pellegrino led Alaves to the Copa del Rey final in his only campaign at the helm after spells in charge of Valencia

Southampton are looking for a manager with a shared “long-term vision” after sacking Puel, and De Boer and Pellegrino are understood to be among Southampton have shown a preference in recent years to appoint managers out of work, as seen with Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Puel.

Southampton’s chase for a new manager appears to be gathering momentum, and one man that has been most heavily touted to replace Claude Puel at the helm is Mauricio Pellegrino.

The Argentine is hardly a household name. Many will vaguely remember his days at Liverpool as a player but in terms of management, you’ll have done well to have had any recollection of his past before his links to Saints.

Pellegrino enjoyed the best season of his managerial career last term in his one and only campaign with Deportivo Alaves, who had only just been promoted to La Liga, Spain’s top tier.

José Bordalás’ departure from the club left many feeling safe in the assumption that Alaves would finish in the drop zone and return straight back down to the Segunda Divisíon. However, Pellegrino defied the odds and turned El Glorioso into one of the sturdiest teams in the country.

Pellegrino closing in on Saints job

  Pellegrino closing in on Saints job Southampton are close to appointing Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager in the next week. According to the Daily Echo, Pellegrino is the favourite for the job, despite Frank De Boer still being in contention. The report claims that Southampton have interviewed both for the vacant position and were very impressed with Pellegrino. The only complication is that Crystal Palace are also looking for a manager and are keen on De Boer and Pellegrino also. It was reported recently that Pellegrino would prefer a move to Southampton, although there have also been reports stating otherwise, which makes it hard to tell. The report also says that Southampton expect to have an announcement before the end of next week, which is when the players return for pre-season. Although De Boer and Pellegrino have been named, the Echo claim there is a third – unnamed – contender for the position. Despite this, Pellegrino is still the hot favourite and looks set to land the job.

SOUTHAMPTON are poised to recruit Mauricio Pellegrino as their new boss. It didn’t do Pochettino too badly.” Crystal Palace sources have told SunSport that Pellegrino is still on their radar but they But it would appear they might end up missing out on him with Southampton now leading the way .

Saints consider De Boer, Pellegrino - report. Southampton 48 minutes ago PA Sport. Puel didn't suit the Saints. Southampton have shown a preference in recent years to appoint managers out of work, as seen with Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Puel.

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Often frustrating and impenetrable to their opposition, Alaves produced some superb defensive displays. Pellegrino’s experience of working under Rafa Benitez at both Liverpool and Valencia appears to have paid dividends given his ability to set up a team in a well-organised and well-disciplined manner.

An aspect of the Argentinian tactician’s game plan was often pragmatism. He knew fully well that his squad had limitations, and was also well aware that in terms of quality, his side were easily one of the worst in the league. This inevitably led him to deciding that grinding out results and simply settling for closely-contested outcomes would be the way forward for Alaves.

Twitter Reacts - Saints appoint Pellegrino

  Twitter Reacts - Saints appoint Pellegrino After what felt like weeks of speculation over the club’s new manager, Southampton have officially appointed Mauricio Pellegrino. The Argentine has signed a three-year contract with Saints and will succeed Claude Puel – who was sacked by the club just over a week ago. As usual, the ever-present Southampton faithful have taken to Twitter to say how they feel about the new boss. We’ve taken a look at some of the best tweets reacting to Pellegrino’s appointment. Twitter: I am actually excited about Mauricio pellegrino. I have a far more optimistic feel about his appointment as opposed to Puel #saintsfc (@MarcTR4) Twitter: Got a great feeling about Mauricio Pellegrino at #saintsfc. Admittedly don’t know a tonne about him but excited by the reading I have done. (@alexmcinnes16) Twitter: Poch had the football. Koeman had the results. Puel had the youth. Les Reed thinks Pellegrino has a bit of it all.… https://t.co/mR8to2woLg (@SFC_Kristian) Twitter: i’m so excited about pellegrino, i’m sure he’ll be a success here. hopefully the board back him in the transfer window #saintsfc (@sfcvkyle) Twitter: I think #SaintsFC have nabbed a good one in Pellegrino. Shades of Pochettino about him and he should know a bit about PL from time at #LFC. (@KHeneage) Twitter: Pellegrino is a good move for #saintsfc. Couldn’t have done any better with Aláves last season.

Mauricio Pellegrino and Frank de Boer have been linked with the Southampton job. CLAUDE PUEL has been sacked by Southampton - but who do the bookies think will be their next manager?

There is something of the philosopher about the quietly assured Mauricio Pellegrino , the “This sport goes the other way . It reinforces the feeling of being part of something greater than yourself.” In other words, everyone is defending better so you must do the same to give yourself a chance.

In the end, Pellegrino’s philosophy proved to be the perfect match for the demands of the newly-promoted side.

The hand Pellegrino was dealt was a rather testing one. He was tasked with keeping afloat a squad mixed rather unevenly with young loanees, sub-standard players that were suited more to the second division and only hints of individual quality. However, he made the most of what he had and performed well.

He played a big part in developing Theo Hernandez and Marcos Llorente, two young defenders on loan from the bigger Spanish clubs, and helped them to refine their games.

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He made Alaves difficult to break down. A deep defensive block was the prominent feature in the majority of their La Liga games, and a counter-attacking mentality was largely employed.

In Pellegrino’s mind, defence comes first. His general footballing philosophy is that you simply must not lose. Whether it be in his homeland or in Spain, he was more focused on playing “safely” than going out on a limb to take all three points.

Twitter Reacts - Saints appoint Pellegrino

  Twitter Reacts - Saints appoint Pellegrino After what felt like weeks of speculation over the club’s new manager, Southampton have officially appointed Mauricio Pellegrino. The Argentine has signed a three-year contract with Saints and will succeed Claude Puel – who was sacked by the club just over a week ago. As usual, the ever-present Southampton faithful have taken to Twitter to say how they feel about the new boss. We’ve taken a look at some of the best tweets reacting to Pellegrino’s appointment. Twitter: I am actually excited about Mauricio pellegrino. I have a far more optimistic feel about his appointment as opposed to Puel #saintsfc (@MarcTR4) Twitter: Got a great feeling about Mauricio Pellegrino at #saintsfc. Admittedly don’t know a tonne about him but excited by the reading I have done. (@alexmcinnes16) Twitter: Poch had the football. Koeman had the results. Puel had the youth. Les Reed thinks Pellegrino has a bit of it all.… https://t.co/mR8to2woLg (@SFC_Kristian) Twitter: i’m so excited about pellegrino, i’m sure he’ll be a success here. hopefully the board back him in the transfer window #saintsfc (@sfcvkyle) Twitter: I think #SaintsFC have nabbed a good one in Pellegrino. Shades of Pochettino about him and he should know a bit about PL from time at #LFC. (@KHeneage) Twitter: Pellegrino is a good move for #saintsfc. Couldn’t have done any better with Aláves last season.

Southampton are looking for their new manager following Claude Puel's recent departure. Mauricio Pellegrino . Claude Puel. The fans had voiced their displeasure at the often dull brand of football on display, and the side finished some way off the kind of points totals they have become used to

Southampton are looking for a manager with a shared “long-term vision” after sacking Puel, and De Boer and Pellegrino are understood to be among Southampton have shown a preference in recent years to appoint managers out of work, as seen with Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Puel.

Ultimately, this approach worked for Alaves. Pellegrino managed to give his players a certain sense of belief and belonging in the top flight and through drilling his tactics into his players’ mindsets, he achieved results. Defending became second nature, and this helped them to a commendable ninth placed finish in La Liga.

He led them to a Copa Del Rey final through using similar tactical approaches and never really showed any adventurism. He stuck true to his philosophy and, to his credit, it worked. They did lose the cup final to a rampant Barcelona side, but it was an impressive achievement nonetheless.

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The decision for Pellegrino to leave Alaves at the end of the season was one that was met with understanding and gratitude from the Spanish side’s fans. They know he is destined for bigger and better things, and they know fully well that he got the absolute most out of his men during the 16/17 season.

Going off this, it’d be easy to say that a move to Southampton would be the perfect next step for a young, ambitious manager.

Saints legend Le Tissier urges Pellegrino to entertain

  Saints legend Le Tissier urges Pellegrino to entertain Southampton finished eighth and reached the EFL Cup final under Claude Puel, but Matt Le Tissier says the fans want more.Mauricio Pellegrino must put entertainment value at the forefront of his plans for Southampton after signing a three-year deal with the club.

Frank de Boer and Mauricio Pellegrino are among the names on the shortlist to replace Claude Puel as Southampton manager, PA Sport reports. Puel's style didn't suit Southampton (2:17). Following Claude Puel's sacking by Southampton , Shaka Hislop explains the best plan of action next for the

Southampton are looking for a manager with a shared “long-term vision” after sacking Puel, and De Boer and Pellegrino are understood to be among Southampton have shown a preference in recent years to appoint managers out of work, as seen with Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Puel.

However, you can just draw too many similarities to what has been and gone, and what frustrated Saints’ fans the most.

Pellegrino got to a cup final and finished respectably in mid-table. Puel did exactly the same on the south coast. Both deployed a cautious style of play, both showed a certain sense of stubbornness and neither side’s season made particularly good reading when delving deeper than just the positions on the table.

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Alaves scored just 41 goals all season despite their ninth-placed finish – only three teams scored less. However, on the other end of the spectrum, only three teams conceded less than them. This shows that much like Puel, Pellegrino is a manager that has clearly impressive organisational skills but is one that leaves a lot to be desired when his teams are going forward.

Therein lies the issue. “The Southampton Way” has always consisted of particular values on and off the pitch, but no one value is more important than the style of play. Last season, the standard of football and overall viewing was nothing short of dreadful, aside from a few rare occasions.

The club have been stated by the ever-reliable outlets to be actively looking for a manager that suits these beliefs. They’re claimed to be after an ambitious manager that will be keen on deploying attacking, attractive, high-pressing football.

Southampton legend Le Tissier urges Pellegrino to entertain

  Southampton legend Le Tissier urges Pellegrino to entertain The Saints finished eighth and reached the EFL Cup final under Claude Puel, but the club hero says the fans want moreMauricio Pellegrino must put entertainment value at the forefront of his plans for Southampton after signing a three-year deal with the club.

Crystal Palace are reportedly in pole position to sign Mauricio Pellegrino . Southampton have also considered Pellegrino for the job following the dismissal of Claude Puel.

Southampton are looking for a manager with a shared “long-term vision” after sacking Puel, and De Boer and Pellegrino are understood to be among Southampton have shown a preference in recent years to appoint managers out of work, as seen with Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Puel.

Simply put, Pellegrino doesn’t fit the mould of this and is more similar to Puel than he is to Pochettino; the paradigm of what Southampton’s board want from a manager.

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Rather ironically, Pellegrino and Pochettino are footballing acquaintances. The pair met on a coaching course out in Spain many years ago and shared several discussions over the game. The casual lunch-time chats often turned fiery and passionate, with Pellegrino having an answer for whatever Pochettino would propose, and interesting tactical battles were to be heard by onlookers.

Perhaps these conversations were so well-argued because the pair’s styles are absolutely juxtaposing. Pochettino’s vibrant attacking football coincided with intelligent pressing has made both Saints and now Tottenham easy on the eye, whereas Pellegrino’s recent ventures have been far less attractive, more gritty and with a “don’t lose at any cost” mentality.

This is a further reason for Pellegrino, in my opinion, not being the man to lead Saints forward. Attacking football is now necessary and it’s difficult to see the 45-year-old revising and then totally revamping his set managerial philosophy.

Defending has been ingrained into Pellegrino’s footballing mindset from day one. He was a defender as a player, worked under one of the world’s most notoriously defensive managers for a large chunk of his career in the game and has now shown on the managerial stage that he prioritises organisation.

Southampton legend Le Tissier urges Pellegrino to entertain

  Southampton legend Le Tissier urges Pellegrino to entertain The Saints finished eighth and reached the EFL Cup final under Claude Puel, but the club hero says the fans want moreMauricio Pellegrino must put entertainment value at the forefront of his plans for Southampton after signing a three-year deal with the club.

Southampton are looking for a manager with a shared “long-term vision” after sacking Puel, and De Boer and Pellegrino are understood to be among Southampton have shown a preference in recent years to appoint managers out of work, as seen with Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Puel.

Southampton are looking for a manager with a shared “long-term vision” after sacking Puel, and De Boer and Pellegrino are understood to be among Southampton have shown a preference in recent years to appoint managers out of work, as seen with Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Puel.

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It’s hard to find a justification to a claim that Pellegrino is a better manager than the departed Puel. It’s also difficult to say that the former even plays better football than the latter – something that the Frenchman was bemoaned heavily for.

No-one can deny Pellegrino’s achievements with Alaves, and it’s certainly going to be interesting to see just how he fares as he gains more and more experience as a tactician.

However, it’s extremely hard to see how he is well matched to The Southampton Way – he leaves too many boxes unticked. He may be young, ambitious and a seemingly good man manager, but he lacks European experience, is overly defensive and is arguably not an upgrade on his potential predecessor.

I think it’s an appointment that the board should overlook for the time being.

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Les Reed looks forward to future under Pellegrino .
Southampton recently appointed Mauricio Pellegrino as their new first-team manager, signing a three-year deal with the club. After Pellegrino’s appointment Les Reed released a statement about our new manager, holding plenty of information about the new man. “I am delighted that after a diligent selection process we have recruited Mauricio Pellegrino as our new First Team Manager.” “We had an impressive list of candidates and went through a comprehensive interview process. Mauricio impressed us throughout with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way.” Claude Puel, Southampton’s former manager, was mainly criticised and sacked for his slow, boring style of play, as it was very defensive and caused anxiety in front of goal for the majority of the season, but Reed is sure that history won’t repeat itself, as he claimed that Pellegrino has “an excellent understanding of the Southampton Way, and his style of play and aspiration matches the philosophy, culture and ambition of the club”. Reed then gave the news fans have been dying to hear over the last 12 months: “Mauricio believes with the quality we have we can play exciting, attacking football, taking the game to our opponents by playing a high-intensity game. He will continue to develop and introduce young players whilst building on the core of experience that we have in the squad.

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