Southampton dismissed manager Mauricio Pellegrino This day in 2018.

Lost 3-0 to Saints Newcastle It signaled the end of the road for Pellegrino, leaving them only one place and one point up. Premier League relegation zone.

The then 46-year-old actor was appointed manager as his successor in June 2017. Claude Paul however, the Saints hierarchy cast doubt on their Premier League status and Pellegrino’s tenure is seven games away.

A mere streak of wins in their last 17 league games – against bottoming West Brom – has led to the Argentine’s departure, and their recent heavy defeat at St James’ Park is the final nail in the coffin.

The pressure on Pellegrino increased as the season progressed, fans fed up with his perceived defensive tactics, and some accused the players of not trying under him.

Following Pellegrino’s departure, Southampton said in a statement: “We thank Mauricio, Carlos (Compagnucci) and Xavier (Tamarit) for their efforts during their time at Southampton and wish them well in the future.

“The club will try to appoint a new management team as soon as possible and the search for a replacement is already underway.”

Mark Hughes was later appointed as Southampton’s manager until the end of the season.

The former Stoke and Manchester City boss arrived and helped the Saints go on a four-game unbeaten run between April and May, leading them to a 17th-place finish and top flight safety.