Mauricio Pellegrino named Leganes coachJune 2, 2018
Former Southampton, Alaves and Valencia manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been named the latest head coach at La Liga side Leganes.
The Madrid-based outfit, who finished just one place (but 14 points) clear of the relegation zone last season, have given the Argentinian his first job since being sacked by Southampton after a disastrous nine-month spell left them scrapping against relegation.
However, in Spain the 46-year-old’s stock is still high after, in the 2016-17 season, he took the recently-promoted Deportivo Alaves to the Copa del Rey final, losing only to Barcelona. In the same season, the Basque side also steered clear of relegation back to Seguna.
Before that he also had a spell in charge at Valencia in the 2012-13 season, before returning to his homeland to manage both Estudiantes and Independiente.
As a player, Pellegrino, a ball-playing centre-back, made his breakthrough with Velez Sarsfield before a move to FC Barcelona where he won a La Liga title. Two more came during his spell with Valencia (plus a UEFA Cup win) under Rafael Benitez, whom he followed to Liverpool before becoming his right-hand man after hanging up his boots.
The Argentinian then remained part of Benitez’s backroom staff upon his move to Italian side Inter Milan.
Pellegrino, who replaces Asier Garitano after his move to Real Sociedad, has signed a one-year deal, until 30 June 2019.