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Pellegrino appointed Saints boss

Southampton have appointed Mauricio Pellegrino as manager on a three-year-deal.

The 45-year-old Argentinian will take charge of the Saints following the departure of Claude Puel.


Les Reed:
"I am delighted that after a diligent selection process we have recruited Mauricio Pellegrino as our new First Team Manager.

“We had an impressive list of candidates and went through a comprehensive interview process. Mauricio impressed us throughout with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way.

“He has an excellent understanding of the Southampton Way, and his style of play and aspiration matches the philosophy, culture and ambition of the club.

“We firmly believe Mauricio is the right person to help us take the next steps. He knows our players and believes we have a great squad that with some fine-tuning will be able to deliver continued success.

“Mauricio believes with the quality we have we can play exciting, attacking football,…
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Liverpool end interest in van Dijk

Liverpool have apologised to Southampton and ended their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk.

A statement has been released a day after the Saints had asked the Premier League to investigate whether the Holland international was subject of an illegal approach.

Here is the statement in full from Liverpool FC:

"Liverpool Football Club would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs.

"We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk.

"We respect Southampton's position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player."



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Austin sets 20-goal target for next season

Charlie Austin speaks about his return to action after a five-month spell on the sidelines.

Austin returned for the Saints against Stoke City in the season finale where a Peter Crouch header saw the visitors win 1-0 at St. Marys.


"It felt good. Five-and-a-half months is a long time. I've put a lot of hard work in with the medical staff to get back on the pitch and I really enjoyed it.

"I didn't realise how much I missed it. I was delighted to be out there, I've come off injury free and now hopefully I can go and have a good summer and be back ready for next year.

"I've worked hard over the five months. It's been an annoying injury, but you have to get it right and hopefully I've got it done now and it's gone out the way and I can just keep pushing on.

"Not being involved in the run to the [EFL Cup] final was tough, it was mentally tough for me and Virgil as well. We were both injured at the wrong time. No one likes to be injured, but we …

Ralph Krueger interview

Ralph Krueger: Saints chairman on new investment, the season and Claude Puel's future as manager:


Middlesbrough 1-2 Southampton

Southampton made seven changes to their lineup for their final away game of the season at Middlesbrough and triumphed 2-1 despite missing a penalty.

Jay Rodriguez turned home from Shane Long's cross to put the Saints 1-0 up at half time before Nathan Redmond doubled the lead after the break.

Long was then awarded a penalty when he was brought down by Boro keeper Brad Guzan, but his effort from the spot hit the crossbar.

The victory sees Claude Puel's side move up to ninth in the Premier League with two games to go.

Highlights:


Reaction:

Jay Rodriguez:

“We had a lot of change in the team today and I think that all of the lads that came in did really well, so it’s an important win.

“We have good lads in this team who get their heads down and work hard, and I think that really showed today.

“We found it hard at times to break Middlesbrough down, but it was a great ball from Longy into the box for me.

“It was a good time to score because I think it settled us down just in time to con…

Liverpool 0-0 Southampton | Forster's penalty save helps Saints to clean sheet at Anfield

Fraser Forster's fine penalty save to deny James Milner from the spot helped Southampton to keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw at Anfield.

What they said:

Fraser Forster: "The lads in front of me were fantastic and really limited the chances. It was nice to make the save and nice to keep a clean sheet, which is a good foundation moving forward.

"I think if you look at his [James Milner's] record he goes left, right, down the middle, but fortunately I guessed right today and made the save.

"We're obviously delighted. It's always a tough place to come and we had to battle very hard for that point.

"I think as a team we were very strong and compact and made it hard for them to get through us. It was a fantastic team performance and a good point away from home."



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Claude Puel:


"Fraser made a fantastic save from this penalty. It was important for him and us, because it was harsh to concede this penalty. It was a good reward for all.
"I …

Southampton FC Player Awards 2017

Oriol Romeu was the big winner at the Southampton FC Player Awards 2017 as the midfielder won the accolades for both the Players' Player and Fans' Player of the Year.

Maya Yoshida was the Terry Paine's President's Choice Award winner and Sofiane Boufal scooped the prize for Goal of the Season.
The Academy Scholar of the Season was Jake Vokins, while the Girls' Regional Talent Club Player of the Season was won by Phoebe Williams.
Quotes from Oriol Romeu:


“It has been an amazing season, I have enjoyed it a lot.

“I’ve felt everyone’s support and need to thank my teammates for valuing the work I have done since I came here. I couldn’t be any happier.

“Also the fans as well because their support gives you another strength to carry on and fight for every single ball. I need to say thank you to the fans because without them sometimes it would be much harder.

“Playing at Wembley and St Mary’s has been amazing this season.

“It was an unreal atmosphere at Wembley and we will…