Southampton today sacked Nigel Adkins after he ‘only’ managed to guide the team to 15th in the Premier League following two successive promotions. Fitting reward for a man that took over in 2010 with the club 3rd from bottom in League 1 I’m sure you’ll agree…or maybe not.
The Saints endured a shaky start in the Premier League return but have recently accommodated themselves in England’s top league losing only two of their last twelve games. Adkins’ last game in charge saw his side fall two goals down to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge only to come back brilliantly and snatch a point. If this isn’t reason for dismissal then I don’t know what is…
The south coast club have impressed recently with their fast flowing, attacking football but little appreciation has been shown by the board who said, “Whilst we acknowledge the contribution Nigel has made during the past two years, for the club to progress and achieve our long-term targets a change was needed.”
Club legend and former captain Matt Le Tissier was disgusted by the sacking but was not surprised. Talking to Sky Sports he said, “It doesn’t surprise me. It’s a strange time of the season, they’ve lost two of the last 12 games and came from 2-0 down to draw at Chelsea. It seems to be the way the club’s being run under the chairman. Nothing’s surprising and it’s a bit of a laughing stock.”
The club have wasted no time in appointing Adkins’ replacement and announced Mauricio Pochettino will take charge with immediate effect. The Argentine will take charge of Monday’s game at home against Everton.
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