Southampton have confirmed Claude Puel’s successor with the 45-year-old set to move to the Saint Mary’s on Friday in time for the beginning of pre-season training next week.

Saints new boss Mauricio Pellegrino will be present at St Mary’s on Monday before meeting his new players at the Staplewood training base.

Pellegrino will be expected to put in place a plan to guide the south coast club to yet another strong position in the Premier League.

“I am really happy to become the new coach of Southampton Football Club. The club has a great reputation for having a strong and stable structure, competing in the Premier League and playing attractive football,” the Argentine tactician said.

“I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together. We have to be a team on and off the pitch; I want to make the supporters proud of the players and to feel part of the game every week.

“I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100 per cent and supports each other.

“I am excited and passionate about what the future holds for us and look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the new season.”

Mauricio Pellegrino’s name sounds similar to that of Manuel Pellegrini and Mauricio Pochettino, two previous and current Premier League managers who have enjoyed incredible success at Manchester City and Tottenham respectively.


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