Five things Southampton fans need to know about Mauricio Pellegrino

Southampton announced on Friday that they have appointed former Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Saints sacked Claude Puel earlier this month despite the fact that the Frenchman led the side to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League and the League Cup final in his first season in charge at St Mary’s, but there was certainly more to the dismissal than meets the eye.

The south cost outfit scored just 17 home league goals in 19 matches and their style of play became a frustration for the supporters, while Puel is also rumoured to have fallen out with some key first team stars.

Pellegrino moves to England following a successful campaign in Spain with Alaves and comparisons will certainly be drawn to when they brought his fellow countryman Mauricio Pochettino to the Premier League in similar circumstances in 2013.

Here are five things Southampton fans need to know about Pellegrino…