Unbelieveable scenes coming out of Southampton this lunchtime, where they have sacked Manager Nigel Adkins, and appointed former Espanyol Manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace him on a two-and-a-half year contract.

The new has not gone down well at all with Saints fans, with potential protests being in force for their upcoming home match versus Everton on Monday evening.

Adkins has had a sensational record on the South Coast, after guiding the club to successive promotions since taking over the club tw0-and-a-half years ago when they were in League 1.

Southampton have lost only two of their last twelve league games, and he has been sacked on the back of winning at relegation rivals Aston Villa, and coming from 2 goals down at European Champions Chelsea to draw 2-2.

They sit 3 points outside the Premier League relegation zone, and looked to be moving in a positive manner up the table, with new recruits such as Davide Astori and Jack Butland set to join during the January Transfer Window.

His replacement at the helm is former Argentina defender Mauricio Pochettino, who had been rumoured to be in talks with Southampton representatives over the past few days.

He comes without the glowing record saints fans would hope for in replacing Adkins, as he was sacked as Manager of Espanyol in last year after being bottom of La Liga and accumulating a measly 9 points after 13 games.

Pochettino added on the clubs official website: “This is the kind of opportunity that any coach would relish. Southampton is a club with great heritage, and an even more exciting future. There is a clear vision to take the club to a new era of sustained success in the Premier League, and beyond, which I’m delighted to be part of.”