Gary Lineker reacts to Southampton's "pointless" sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino

Gary Lineker reacts to Southampton's

Pellegrino took over in June to replace sacked Frenchman Claude Puel but after a 3-0 loss to Newcastle United on Saturday they are one place and one point above the relegation zone.

"Assistant Manager Carlos Compagnucci and Assistant First Team Coach Xavier Tamarit have also parted company with the club".

Newcastle, placed directly above Pellegrino's side in the table before Saturday's match, were more organised, more determined, superior in every facet.

By contrast Southampton remain firmly in the mire and their display will raise further concerns as to whether Pellegrino is the right man to keep them up. They should be ashamed of themselves. Newcastle are hopeful Jonjo Shelvey can play a part after he returned to training but the midfielder faces a late fitness test ahead of the weekend's game.

"Emotions are running high", admitted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

"To win, is great; we were strong enough to control the game, now it is to the next game and we have to be strong for that one as well".

Mauricio Pellegrino rolled the dice with two substitutes but any work he put into motion was undone as Matt Ritchie scored Newcastle their third with a sublime low effort on the hour.

"We can't get around it".

The Danish global essentially says his colleagues need to get their sh*t together as soon as they're back in training at Staplewood on Monday morning.

His form is so good at the minute that many are touting him to be on the plane to Russian Federation in the summer as part of Gareth Southgate's squad, and based on their reaction to his performance against the Saints, few Newcastle fans would disagree with that.

So was the business they did in January.

Asked if he was confident about staying up, manager Benitez said: "Yes, the one thing we have is confidence in our team".

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