Le Tissier not surprised

  • Last Updated: January 18 2013, 13:49 GMT

Former Southampton captain Matt Le Tissier was not surprised to learn that Nigel Adkins had lost his job as the club's manager.

Le Tissier not surprised

Saints' executive chairman Nicola Cortese has replaced the 47-year-old with former Argentina international Mauricio Pochettino.

Adkins had taken Southampton to back-to-back promotions and 15th in the Barclays Premier League since taking charge in September 2010. They drew 2-2 at Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Le Tissier was not caught on the hop, though, telling Sky Sports News: "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.

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"(But) 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 ex-England international did concede the timing shocked him - Saints have been in good form and are clear of relegation trouble at present - but added he felt this could have been on the cards for some time.

"I'm shocked at the timing, it's very strange and it's an odd thing to come to terms with today," he said.

"I think he had a bit of pressure early on this season, people thought it might happen then; maybe they couldn't get the man they wanted then. It's all very strange.

"I think everyone is taken aback by it all. They have come to terms with life in the Premier League, had a tough start and have turned things round pretty well."

  • Before Adkins took the physio role at Scunthorpe, he guided Bangor City to back-to-back titles in the League of Wales between 1993 and 1995.
  • Adkins was appointed caretaker manager by Scunthorpe in November 2006 after the departure of Brian Laws. He was awarded a permanent role a month later.
  • ''Who needs Mourinho, we've got our physio!'' rang from the Glanford Park terraces as he lead Scunthorpe to automatic promotion and the League One title.
  • Life in the Championship was harsh on Scunthorpe in the 2007/08 season but despite being relegated the club stood by their man.
  • Their faith was repaid the following season as The Iron went to Wembley twice. First in the Football League trophy, narrowly losing to Luton in extra-time.
  • Then, Adkins masterminded promotion via the playoffs, beating Millwall 3-2 in a dramatic final at Wembley.
  • Scunthorpe once again struggled in the Championship but survived relegation by five points.
  • In September 2010, Nigel Adkins signed a three-year contract at League One Southampton and was joined by his assistant at Scunthorpe Andy Crosby.
  • Achieving a club record of clean sheets in one season and winning seven out of eight games in April, Adkins took The Saints up automatically.
  • Southampton got off to a flying start in the Championship, setting a new club record of consecutive league wins and only losing two of their first 17 games
  • Saints secured promotion on the final day of the season, beating Coventry City 4-0 at St. Mary's in front of a club-record crowd.
  • Nigel Adkins became the first Southampton manager to achieve back-to-back promotions and keep the club in the top two league positions all season.
  • The Premier League offered a new challenge for the Birkenhead-born manager. Despite leading 2-1 in their opening game against Man City, they lost to 3-2.
  • His first top flight victory came on the 22nd September when Southampton beat Aston Villa 4-1 at St Mary's.
  • Despite a good run of results, including a 1-1 draw against Arsenal, away win over Aston Villa and 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge...
  • ...Nigel Adkins is relieved of his duties by Southampton on 18th January 2013 and immediately replaced by Mauricio Pochettino.
Pictures from the managerial career of Nigel Adkins after Southampton decide to give him the boot.

As the country's longest-serving manager, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has seen it all when it comes to sackings.

Like Le Tissier, he was not surprised.

"It is a crazy world. It is hard to believe. There is no point saying we are surprised. It seems very unfair," he said.


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