The Argentine oversaw run of 17 top-flight matches with just one win

Southampton have confirmed that they have sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino and his assistants.

The Premier League club is hovering just a point above the relegation zone after earning just 1 win in their last 17 league matches from the end of November.

In a statement released on the club's website this evening they confirmed the news.

"Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has parted company with First Team Manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

"Assistant Manager Carlos Compagnucci and Assistant First Team Coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club.

"We would like to place on record our thanks to Mauricio, Carlos and Xavier for their efforts during their time with Southampton, and wish them well for the future.

"The club will look to appoint a new management team as soon as possible, with the search for a replacement already underway."

In a cruel twist of fate, it was a defeat to his mentor yesterday that brought Pellegrino's time at St Mary's to an end.

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United improved their chances of survival with a 3-0 win against the Saints at St James' Park at the weekend.

The Spaniard managed Pellegrino at Valencia before signing him at Liverpool where the Argentine also returned to work as a first-team coach with Benitez. He performed the same role with him at Inter Milan.

Southampton take on Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals this Sunday and due to the upcoming international break, they don't have another Premier League match until March 31 when they travel to London to face West Ham United.