Nigel Adkins has been sacked by Southampton. Rumours have refused to go away throughout the course of the season of Adkins’ demise, however the board have decided he is no longer their man and have finally swung the axe on the Liverpudlian.
Southampton are on a good run of form, losing only twice in 12 games and are unbeaten in their last 5, including their stunning fightback against Chelsea in midweek from 2 goals down to draw 2-2. Their Christmas and new year’s points haul has enabled them to climb out of the relegation zone up to 15th place in the Premier League.
Adkins had led the club to consecutive promotions, taking over when the club was in League 1 and riding the wave with them all the way up to the promised land of the Premier League. The players have been winning plaudits for their attacking football this season with a good English core of players. The likes of Nathaniel Clyne and Luke Shaw have been playing over the course of the season with Jack Cork holding the midfield, Adam Lallana orchestrating midfield and talisman Rickie Lambert up front showing off the Saints’ English spine. A lot of money was spent in the summer with Jay Rodriguez and Gaston Ramirez expensive acquisitions totally £20 million, but the sacking of the Saints’ manager has come as a shock even among the continuous whispers.
Former Espanyol player and manager Mauricio Pochettino has been immediately appointed to replace Adkins, hinting the board at St Marys have been mulling this over for a while. The board will be hoping the team react positively to the appointment and continue their climb up the table, in spite of Adkins being well-liked around the changing room. Even more astonishing is that this is Pochettino's first job in management, and it remains to be seen the effect of the turmoil on the south coast will have on the players.