The king is dead. Long live the king

Posted by Chris Rann

The euphoria of the Chelsea result is all but a distant memory. On Friday morning Saints inexplicably relieved Nigel Adkins of his managerial duties and replaced him with Mauricio Pochettino.

- Manager profile: Mauricio Pochettino

Disgusting. What a hideous decision by the club after the turnaround in form. It is hard to put into words what effect this might have on the rest of the campaign. I have nothing against Pochettino, I barely know who he is, but he comes off of the back of a poor spell as Espanyol manager and doesn't speak English. Great.

Nigel Adkins will at least leave Southampton with his head held high and in the knowledge that this isn't what the supporters wanted. This is a man who took the club from 21st in League One to 15th in the Premier League. He had Saints playing free flowing expansive football and was taking the club even higher.

Unfortunately there have long been rumours of a difficult relationship with chairman Nicola Cortese and this seems to have now come to a head. The fact that Pochettino is appointed immediately shows that this has been in the pipeline for some time, and I would suggest that no matter what results Adkins achieved he was doomed.

So where does this leave Southampton? With an extremely confused fanbase. The new manager has no experience whatsoever of English football and now has a Premier League relegation battle to face head on.

But, supporters must not take it out on the new manager. This isn't his fault. They must not be like Chelsea supporters and not back the team on Monday at St Mary's. Be disappointed of course, but the players still need support.

Saints fans have put their trust in Nicola Cortese thus far, and he has on most occasions been right, that seems difficult to comprehend right now, but maybe, just maybe this will turn out alright. The reaction was similar when Cortese removed Pardew and replaced him with Adkins, and that worked out ok.

I will leave it at that for now, but just to reiterate that this is a shocking decision.

Nigel Adkins. September 2010 - January 2012. P 124 W 67 D 25 L 32. Win Percentage 54%. Two Promotions. Countless supporters. Thank You.

Keep the Faith (however difficult it feels).

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