Southampton supporters have been pretty frustrated in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side only muster a 0-0 draw at home with fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke City on Saturday, although it did keep the Saints out of the bottom three.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into their clash with the Potters off the back of drawing 1-1 with Burnley in their preceding league encounter, which was a solid way of steadying the ship after their 2-0 loss against Liverpool the fortnight before. Yet the South Coast outfit were unable to record a fourth home league victory of the campaign on Saturday as they were held by Paul Lambert’s Stoke, thus leaving Pellegrino’s side just a point and a place above the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Thus, there have been many disappointed and frustrated Southampton fans in the Tavern in recent times, yet they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which suggests that big changes are in the offing for their club this summer, namely that manager Pellegrino is facing the axe.
The 46-year-old took over at St Mary’s last summer following the sacking of Claude Puel, but he has been unable to inspire the club to the next level having won just five of his 29 Premier League games in charge, although they have reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup under his stewardship.
And with the Saints very much in a relegation dogfight and thus their six-year stay in the top-flight at risk, fans are getting increasingly impatient with Pellegrino, and reports suggest that the Southampton boss is facing the axe this summer, even if he does keep them in the Premier League.
And this news is likely to intrigue and perhaps delight some of our resident Saints fans, many of whom are growing increasingly frustrated with the 46-year-old’s tenure at St Mary’s.
Landlord’s verdict: Mauricio Pellegrino hasn’t quite had the desired effect at Southampton, having been brought in as the successor to Claude Puel in a bid to bring back attacking, entertaining football to the South Coast.
Yet just five wins from 29 Premier League games, as well as just 29 goals, suggests that the 46-year-old has failed in that task, and he could well pay for that with his job as reports suggest that he is facing the axe this summer even if he keeps the club in the top-flight.
Saints fans in the Tavern have become increasingly frustrated with the former Alaves chief as the season has progressed, and many are unlikely to be disappointed were he indeed to be relieved of his duties over the summer.
Southampton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!