Southampton sack Nigel Adkins following unambitious back-to-back promotions
Southampton have sacked manager Nigel Adkins and immediately replaced him with Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Adkins had been in charge at St Mary’s for two-and-a-half years, in which he managed to take the club from League One to the Premier League. That flagrant lack of ambition has been immediately stamped out by Saints’ executive chairman Nicola Cortese.
In a statement, Cortese said: “This decision has been made with the long-term ambitions of Southampton Football Club in mind.
“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.
“Mauricio is a well-respected coach of substantial quality who has gained a reputation as an astute tactician and excellent man manager. I have every confidence that he will inspire our talented squad of players to perform at the highest possible level.”
Former Espanyol boss Pochettino, aged 40, said: “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.”