Let’s Talk Pellegrini.
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on June 21, 2016
After Ronald Koeman’s strange move to Everton, Southampton have been left manager less after their highest Premier League finish in the clubs history. Some Southampton fans are understandably worried but others, including myself, aren’t. Over the last three seasons Southampton have seen two of the best managers in our history move to other clubs yet we’ve still improved. This is to show that yes, the manager has done a great job, but it also shows that the board are looking after the club exceptionally well. People like Les Reed get a lot of criticism from Saints fans that don’t realise how much he does to keep the club running smoothly.
For me, the next Southampton manager has to be Manuel Pellegrini, the experienced 62 year old Chilean. Manuel has managed at some of Europe’s top clubs. Including Spanish giants Real Madrid where in his single season at the Bernabeau he guided them to 2nd place in La Liga and securing (At the time) their highest ever points tally. During his time there he signed two Ballon D’or winners in Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo for a combined total of £125M.
Not only has Manuel managed at top clubs but he’s also worked magic with smaller clubs. When Manuel took over Malaga he took them from 17th in the league up to 4th. Also in his time there he took them to the quarters of the Champions League but crashed out against Dortmund after conceding two stoppage time goals. His most recent job as you’ll all know was with Manchester City. In his time on Manchester he won four managers of the month awards, two league cups and Premier League Trophy not a bad return for three years work. He also has the highest win percentage of any Man City manager in the Premier League.
On top of this due to his age I can’t see Pellegrini using Southampton as a stepping stone. He’s at the tail end of his career and won’t want to be moving every couple of years so Saints could have a manager for a longer period than the previous two. His potential appointment at Southampton will also show players the ambition the club has from appointing such a top manager.
Manuel is my preferred choice for the job but reports have emerged this afternoon that he’s received a £7.6M Per year offer to manage Russia at the 2018 world cup, so if Saints want him they have to tie him up to a deal sharpish.