If you are somehow dead inside and don’t feel sympathy for axed Southampton boss Nigel Atkins, you certainly must now. In one of his last acts before leaving the Saints training ground for the last time, the 47-year-old penned this farewell message on a changing room whiteboard.
After being put out on his backside – despite two successive promotions and a strong run of form, which included a draw with the European champions last week – we can only hope that the woefully mistreated manager takes the positive advice himself.
Just to add insult to injury, the British tabloids (ever the vessel of truth) reported over the weekend that the manager learned his fate watching Sky Sports News. Stay classy, Southampton. Stay classy.
We’ll begin to find out just how damaging the shock sacking will be for the club when they face-off against Everton tonight, led from the dugout by Argentinian coach Mauricio Pocehettino. Wondering where your recognise that name from? This is where.