Brass Band blamed for Mauricio Pellegrino’s time at Southampton FC
The Saints Brass Band, who are the official band for the football club have said that they were blamed for the managers performance by fans in the 2017/18 season.
“We had people blame us” said Dan, the organiser of the band.
“We had people blame us for the fact that Mauricio Pellegrino wasn’t a good manager for the football club.”
Speaking about how the band is viewed by supporters, the band revealed that they were a scapegoat for the club’s poor form, having only been formed within that year.
Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked as Southampton FC manager in March of 2018.
However, the band acknowledged that support from the fans has improved, in the seasons after Pellegrino’s firing, they said:
“The majority of the fans have been great.
“We have nothing but admiration for the fans of Southampton Football Club.
“Being fans ourselves, they have a real affiliation with Southampton, as much as they do with the football.
“We want to make this clear, we try to give back to the community.
“We’ve done a couple of Jazz festivals; we like to do civic stuff as well.
“We did the pride event in Southampton last year which was a lot of fun.
“We’ve been asked once or twice do to performances for Southampton City Council in Guildhall Square.
“We help out with the Saints Foundation; we work for them.
“Because it’s important that we support things that are important.
“We are privileged, we are privileged to be musicians, not everyone can be a musician.
“We have to be realistic about these things.”
Since Pellegrino’s sacking the band have performed outside of St. Mary’s Stadium for every home game in league and cup under a further two managers in Mark Hughes and Ralph Hasenhuttl.