Last night saw The Independent publish an article which suggested that former Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino was one of the final four candidates in line for the Crystal Palace job after the departure of Sam Allardyce earlier this summer.
Only yesterday, we linked you to an article which spoke glowingly about Palace’s patience in appointing Big Sam’s successor and if the four names given above as the final options for the Palace hotseat are anything to go by, I’d say the prolonged deliberations have paid off for Parish and his fellow directors this summer.
There will inevitably be plenty of Palace fans who don’t know a great deal about Pellegrino’s managerial past but rest assured, it’s one which points towards him being a success in south London, if he is indeed given the post in the coming days or weeks.
After playing for Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, Mauricio decided to join the Spaniard’s coaching staff at Anfield in 2008, where he worked with current Palace coach Sammy Lee. In 2010, when Benitez joined Inter Milan, Pellegrino followed, only for him to be dismissed when the manager resigned in December of that year.
Some 18 months later, he was made manager of former club Valencia, only to be sacked just six months later despite winning 10 of the 21 games he took charge of. He then returned to his native Argentina, having spells at Estudiantes and Independiente, with the latter seeing him amass an extremely impressive record of 21 wins, 13 draws and seven defeats (a 51% win ratio).
A little over a month after leaving the Argentinian outfit, Pellegrino was installed as Alaves boss following their promotion to La Liga. Despite extremely low expectations, the club were guided to a ninth place finish, whilst also reaching the Copa Del Rey final for the first time in their history, where they fell to a brave 3-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona.
As I say, there are three extremely exciting names mentioned alongside Pellegrino’s in the article linked at the top of the page but given the rumblings around the former Liverpool man over the last 24 hours I thought I’d give you a little bit of extra background on him specifically.
Which one of the four would you go for?