Leganes hire Mauricio Pellegrino as new manager

Former Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino was named as the new boss of La Liga side Leganes on Saturday.

It is the 46-year-old's first job since being sacked by Saints after an underwhelming nine-month spell with the Premier League side, who went on to narrowly avoid relegation under Pellegrino's successor Mark Hughes.

The Argentine has been handed a one-year contract at Leganes for what will be his third spell in Spain after also managing Alaves and Valencia.

Last season, Madrid-based Leganes finished fourth from bottom -- albeit 14 points clear of the relegation zone -- under Asier Garitano, who has since joined Real Sociedad.