Pochettino replaces Adkins

  • Last Updated: January 18 2013, 16:09 GMT

Southampton have sacked manager Nigel Adkins and replaced him with former Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino replaces Adkins

The Saints are 15th in the Barclays Premier League after coming back from 2-0 down to claim a draw with European champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

But that was not enough to save Adkins from the axe, with 40-year-old Argentinian Pochettino taking charge of training on Saturday ahead of Monday's home game with Everton.

  • 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.

Saints executive chairman Nicola 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.

Position Player Score
13 Fulham 25
14 Sunderland 25
15 Southampton 22
16 Newcastle 21
17 Wigan 19
18 A Villa 19
19 Reading 16
20 QPR 14

"He also shares my belief that the most successful clubs are built by nurturing young players through a development system that provides a clear path to the first team, thereby creating a culture that keeps them at the club for the long term.

"This is an approach he has employed with great success in the past and I look forward to him bringing that experience and expertise to Southampton."

Pochettino will take his first training session with the Saints squad on Saturday.

"This is the kind of opportunity that any coach would relish," he said in a statement.

"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."

Adkins joined Southampton from Scunthorpe in 2010 and he guided the Saints into the Premier League with back-to-back promotions.

Southampton started slowly on their return to the top flight but Adkins departs with the club three points outside the relegation zone after a run of just two defeats from their last 12 league games.

Pochettino has spent the majority of his football career at Espanyol, in two stints as a centre-back and then as manager between 2009 and 2012.

Pochettino won 20 caps for Argentina and it was his foul on Michael Owen at the 2002 World Cup that led to David Beckham scoring the match-winning penalty.


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