Southampton announced the appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager on Friday, and the 45-year-old was quick to give his thoughts on the role he has taken on.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) June 23, 2017
The former Alaves boss, who led the La Liga side to a ninth-place finish and the Copa Del Rey final in their first season back in the Spanish top flight last term, has signed a three-year deal at St Mary’s and believes that he and the club “will work well together.”
Pellegrino replaces Claude Puel, who was sacked after just one season in charge of the south coast outfit despite leading the club to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League and to the final of the League Cup.
Southampton supporters were quick to have their say on Pellegrino’s initial comments via social media, and while many were impressed with what the Argentine had to say, others want him to deliver.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Just want decent football including a plan b when normal game isn't working!
— Bob Stott (@sfcyorkie) June 23, 2017
Mauricio,? a warm welcome to Southampton FC.
Please keep the squad together and target a top six finish. No pressure. ??
— Mike (@Notablogger16) June 23, 2017
Can't wait to see you in action! #SaintsFC
— Madmarky01 (@Madmarky01) June 23, 2017
— Rob Knowles (@puretonic) June 23, 2017
Excited about Pellegrino. Heard a lot of good things. #saintsfc
— JJ Banasco-Zaragoza (@JJBanasco1) June 24, 2017
— Brandon Butt (@25buttsfc1) June 24, 2017
Pellegrino saying all the right things….now to deliver #saintsfc
— Jason Lawson (@jase1962) June 23, 2017