Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has revealed he "will always be grateful" to his former manager, now at Newcastle, Rafa Benitez, ahead of the meeting between their sides this weekend, reports Sky Sports.
And the 46-year-old has hailed the influence Benitez had on him "personally and professionally".
"I will always be grateful to Rafa because he's a good example for me both personally and professionally," Pellegrino said.
"He gave me the opportunity to work in professional football as an assistant (manager)."
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