English Premiership

Pellegrino not losing sleep over Saints sack threat

2018-01-22 11:10
Mauricio Pellegrino (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino insists he doesn't lose any sleep over his job security despite dropping into the relegation zone for the first time.

The Saints held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw at St Mary's Stadium on Sunday but dropped into 18th position nonetheless. Davinson Sanchez scored an own goal before Harry Kane equalised for Spurs.

Pellegrino's charges are now without a Premier League victory in 11 games and the pressure on the manager has grown in recent weeks. However, he has made it clear he is not concerned.

"I fear for a lot of things but I do not fear for my job,” he said, according to the Independent.

"I am not afraid to lose my job because football has always been a part of my life, ever since I was 10-years-old, and in football even when you win a game the next Monday you have to train in order to win again. This is football - if you don’t want to lose then don't play the game."

Pellegrino commented earlier that football management is akin to sitting in an electric chair. When asked about the observation, he elaborated. 

"They asked me if I was worried about my job," he explained. "When they asked me about if I’m worried about my job, I said it as a joke. That’s how I meant it. The manager is an easy employment to lose. It’s very difficult to be sitting in the same chair for a long time."

The Saints next face Brighton at St. Mary's Stadium in an English Premiership clash on January 31 with a win seeing them leapfrog their opponents into 16th place in the standings.

Kick-off is at 21:45.

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