Three Southampton players that will be particularly delighted about Pellegrino’s exit

Southampton sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday night following a run of just one win in 17 Premier League matches that has left them in real danger of suffering relegation to the Championship.

Saints faced what looked to be must-win clashes against fellow strugglers Stoke City at St Mary’s and then Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday in their previous two top flight games, but they only took a point from a possible six.

The latest loss which saw the Argentine get the boot was the 3-0 loss against Rafa Benitez’s men, where some of the players looked to have given up, which was the final straw for the supporters and the club.

The comprehensive defeat in which they once again offered little from an attacking point of view has left them one point above the danger zone with eight matches of the campaign still to go – although three of those are against Arsenal, Chelsea and runaway leaders Manchester City.

While the majority of the south coast outfit’s squad may not be too upset to see the 46-year-old go judging by their performances at St James’ Park, there are some players that have found themselves out of favour this season that will be pleased about his exit and a chance to impress the new manager.

Here are three Southampton stars that will be particularly delighted by Pellegrino’s sacking…