Pellegrino: Saints a perfect fit

New Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino believes “my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together” after his appointment on Friday.

Pellegrino has signed a three-year contract with Southampton, who were looking for a new manager after they sacked Claude Puel a fortnight ago.

“I am really happy to become the new coach of Southampton Football Club,” he told the Saints’ official website.

“The club has a great reputation for having a strong and stable structure, competing in the Premier League and playing attractive football.

“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.”

Pellegrino’s stock rose at Alaves last season, having guided the Basques to ninth in La Liga and the Copa del Rey Final, despite it being their first campaign back in the top flight.

The 45-year-old is the second Argentine to take charge of Southampton in four years after ex-Espanyol Coach Mauricio Pochettino.

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