Premier League Southampton have today sacked manager Nigel Adkins only two days after earning a draw at Chelsea.
In his place they have been quick to name former Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino as his successor.
Adkins joined the Saints from Scunthorpe United in 2010 and guided the south coast club to two successive promotion campaigns and a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2005.
Southampton, who find themselves hovering just above the relegation zone, came back from two goals down to win a valuable point at the home of the current European Champions on Wednesday evening and are preparing to face Everton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Monday night.
The former goalkeeper has been the focus of speculation all season and the fact he has been sacked will come as no shock. What is a surprise is the timing, given Southampton’s recent form which includes victories at fellow strugglers Aston villa and QPR.
New man Pochettino, who himself was sacked by Espanyol in November, joins the Saints at a time when they are scouring the transfer market for players to boost their hopes of avoiding the drop.
Former Argentina international Pochettino, known for playing attacking football, may have been brought in with this in mind, and his potential contacts within the game may influence one or two big names to join the relegation dogfight.
Southampton fans and players will be disappointed with this news given the popularity of Adkins and the job he has done at St. Mary’s.