In his first season at Alaves, Mauricio Pellegrino took them to the Copa del Rey final which they lost 3-1 to Barcelona in May 2017.
A month later he signed a three-year deal with Southampton. The South Coast club struggled under the Argentine’s guidance as they managed only one win in his last 17 league matches.
Southampton sacked Pellegrino in March when they were one point and one place above the relegation zone after 32 match. Mark Hughes was appointed as his successor at St Mary’s Stadium and he helped the club earn eight points from the last eight matches, which was sufficient to avoid relegation.
Pellegrino has not spent more than one season with his last three clubs – Southampton, Alaves and Argentine outfit Independiente. Earlier in the summer, the 46-year-old was appointed as the new Leganes manager on a one-year deal.
The manager explained that he wants to avoid what happened at Southampton, which is why he agreed a one year deal with his current employer.
“The conversations were always for two or three years. In the end, we felt more comfortable with a one year deal. The contracts serve more to tear than to build closer ties. I come from Southampton after signing a three years and that did not earn me anything,” Pellegrino told Spanish newspaper AS.
It probably got you some compensation though, Mauricio.