Sunday 19 November 2017

Southampton announced Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager, and the name sounds familiar...

Manuel Pellegrini + Mauricio Pochettino = ?

By Max McLean

Southampton have named Mauricio Pellegrino as the club’s new manager ahead of the 2017/18 season, and his name is rather familiar, isn’t it?

With more than a hint of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s name as well as former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s name, Mauricio Pellegrino could turn a few heads when he sits in the dugout in August.

And Liverpool fans might recognise the name for very different reasons.

Pellegrino enjoyed some time as a player at Anfield in the 2004/05 season, and was an assistant manager under Rafael Benitez at the club between 2008 and 2010.

The former defender, who earned three caps for Argentina as a player, enjoyed an impressive spell at La Liga side Alaves before his move to the Premier League was announced, leading the side to ninth place in the league and a Copa del Rey final place, where they lost 3-1 to Barcelona.

And while his name might remind Premier League football fans of other managers, it’s clear that Pellegrino is good enough to make a name for himself.

Excited, Southampton fans?

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