Southampton have named Argentinian Mauricio Pellegrino as Claude Puel’s successor as manager.
1. Liverpool links
He is not new to the Premier League having spent two years as assistant manager at Liverpool under Rafael Benitez from 2008-10. Prior to that he also had a brief playing stint at Anfield, making 13 appearances in the 2004-05 season – again under Benitez, his former manager at Valencia.
2. Adios Alaves
Pellegrino comes to Southampton after an impressive spell with Alaves, who he guided to ninth in LaLiga and the final of the Copa del Rey last season. His appointment at Southampton comes after he was also linked with Watford and Crystal Palace.
3. Valencia success
Pellegrino, a defender and holder of three Argentina caps, enjoyed the best years of his playing career at Valencia. He helped the club to Champions League finals in 2000 and 2001, and LaLiga titles in 2002 and 2004.
4. Argentinian roots
Born in Cordoba, Argentina, on October 5, 1971, Pellegrino made his name with Buenos Aires club Velez Sarsfield. He won four league titles there before moving to Europe with Barcelona in 1998.
5. Coaching credentials
Pellegrino’s first senior managerial position came at Valencia in 2012 but he lasted just six months. He continued his career back in his native Argentina with Estudiantes and Independiente before taking over at Alaves last summer.
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