5 Reasons Why it All Went Wrong for Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton

Southampton made the bold decision to sack Mauricio Pellegrino as their head coach on Monday, with the threat of relegation from the Premier League becoming an increasingly scary prospect for the club.


It's been a poor season from the Saints and a lot of fans had been clamouring for the Argentine's head going into the final stetch of the campaign.


Those fans now have their wish and the search for a saviour is on, but just where did it all go wrong for the 46-year-old?

1. Too Much Tinkering

Perhaps the number one frustration of any Saints fan this season would be Pellegrino's incessant need to chop and change his starting XI.


New manager's admittedly can take time to get to grips with their players, but Pellegrino's complete disregard for stability and consistency has played a huge part in their lifeless slide down the Premier League table.


Taking form players out of the side for the sake of experimentation showed huge naivity, and it could now cost the club dearly.

2. No Inspiration

Not everybody has a Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp or Antonio Conte-type character.


That's fine, there are managers out there who are succesful but don't engage in touchline theatrics or fiery interviews.


But with nice guy Pellegrino, there just didn't appear to be any fire in the belly. Any desire to spark a turnaround or any inspirational moments.


Unfortunately it has been to the detriment of the team, who clearly haven't relished playing under the ex-Valencia defender.

3. January Window Failings

Based off of the first half of the season, it was clear to see that Southampton needed some extra quality in January, and it should have been Pellegrino's job to force the transfer handlers into action (he didn't do this because see previous).


The club only signed Guido Carrillo for almost £20m, a gamble striker with no previous Premier League experience.


Carrillo is yet to score for Southampton, and his record at Monaco was not sparkling. Of course it's easy to say this now but one really gets the feeling that Pellegrino could have done more in the window, like sign a creative midfield player.

4. Not Learning From His Predecessor

Claude Puel was sacked at the end of last season for boring play style and confusing tactics, as well as not having grasped the respect of the dressing room.


Pellegrino was given the opportunity to lift the club. To try and restore the attractive brand of football the team have been known for playing since their return to the Premier League.


Instead, it was as though Pellegrino had paid no attention to the reign of his predecessor, and didn't note howPuel's conduct quickly agitated the supporters with his questionable decisions.


He had the blueprint of 'this is not what to do to succeed at Southampton' and he took that blueprint and put it straight in the bin... 

5. Not Winning the 'Winnable' Games

The Saints' five Premier League victories this season have come against Crystal Palace, Everton, West Ham and whipping boys West Brom twice.


The club have a league-high amount of draws with 13 and herein lies the problem - it is paramount to be able to convert draws into wins especially against teams down at the bottom of the table to ensure survival.


One can argue at least three of those draws should have been turned into victories and the club may have been six points better off and Pellegrino still in a job. Stale home draws with Stoke, Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle were all opportunities for crucial points and Pellegrino couldn't inspire his team to victories.