Adkins speculation resurfaces

Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins

7:00am Friday 18th January 2013 in Sport

Saints may be basking in the glory of arguably their finest result since returning to the Premier League but Nigel Adkins is still likely to have field questions over his future.

That’s because reports in Spain have linked former Argentinean international defender and Espanyol manager, Mauricio Pochettinho, with the Saints job, even though there is still a successful manager in the hot seat.

The rumours have surfaced at a bizarre time with Saints, fresh from a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, riding high on the back of a run of form that has seen them beaten just twice in 12 Premier League games to pull clear of the drop zone.

It is Adkins who has overseen that massive upturn in form, just as he oversaw two back-to-back promotions to get Saints back into the top flight.

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7:10am Fri 18 Jan 13 SFCSaint says…

just paper talk king nigel going nowhere! somewhere he does need to head is the transfer market though! 6 players we need and only 2 weeks to do it in!

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7:32am Fri 18 Jan 13 Abbey Saint says…

Oh for ffks sake, put a sock in it, Echo

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7:42am Fri 18 Jan 13 Malcy says…

Where do these rumours come from? If Cortese is insincere and back stabbing Nigel should and would be the first to know, what nonsense, he hasn't half finished this season yet to fullfill his ambitions, if there is any grain of truth Nigel wouldn't wait to be humiliated and wouldn' be unemployed 5 minutes, his phone would be red hot, this and any other rubbish that surfaces should be ignored, let the man get on and complete his work

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8:26am Fri 18 Jan 13 Nemesisaint says…

It seems that whenever we show signs of progress, someone feels the need to unsettle us, this apparently started in the Spanish Press and was picked up by the Daily Mirror. Hopefully there is no substance to it.

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8:27am Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintinCanada says…

Must be from a Spanish paper called "El Dailio Mailo"

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8:27am Fri 18 Jan 13 El Santo says…

Absurd! Pochettino is a mediocre coach, ultradefensive and not suited to our squad.

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8:43am Fri 18 Jan 13 milton road says…

Just more media rubbish, if NC was going to jetizon NA it would have been after 10 games. Yet I have never thought it was on the cards, they share the same vision and dream. The fans have stayed loyal to him and the club is united. You note the word 'reports' nothing directly quoted and lets face it what the papers do not know they make up as always.

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8:43am Fri 18 Jan 13 LJSaint says…

Rubbish! This is a nothing story. Nigel is great for us and is happy here, the fans all love him and he already has back to back promotions with us. Nigel is the future!!!

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8:44am Fri 18 Jan 13 Velleity says…

The Echo seems to suffer from some version of Tourettes that makes them print negative Saints stories uncontrollably.

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8:46am Fri 18 Jan 13 LJSaint says…

Velleity wrote…

The Echo seems to suffer from some version of Tourettes that makes them print negative Saints stories uncontrollably.

That's because the club rarely talk to them, they need a story to sell papers

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8:47am Fri 18 Jan 13 Seedhouse the Unrepentant says…

Nigel is doing a fantastic job and the players and fans are right behind him. The odds are that a replacement would do worse not better. Some linked Harry with a return before he got QPR. I watched his press conference the other night and he talked about the fee and wages of a deal that wasn't yet done. Did people really think he and Cortese could possiby work together for more than a day? Get real. Nigel is one of the very few managers that can fit in with Cortese's management style.

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8:54am Fri 18 Jan 13 olddellsaint says…

'BOREING; JUST ANOTHER RUMOR BEING SEEDED BY THE ECHO FOR THIER RUMOR CHART 'Overheard in the Tesco canteen loo; all the Echo staff wiill get retired off in may'

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8:54am Fri 18 Jan 13 leechyboy says…

I hope this is all just media rubbish. In the back of my mind though I remember one of the only interviews Cortese did when Adkins was appointed. He was asked whether Adkins was his number one choice as we had been linked with a lot of high-profile managers. He basically said that Adkins was the type of manager needed to get a club from League 1 up to the Premiership and that after that a different, more high profile manager may be required.

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8:55am Fri 18 Jan 13 Jannersaint says…

NC would have sacked NA at the start of the window if he was going to. We've got a good team that seem to be improving and signs are we are about to strengthen the team. Hardly signs if a regime change. I'd like to see another proven defensive coach from a top European club background though.

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9:08am Fri 18 Jan 13 jerseysaint says…

NA is loved by all the fans. He is a manager who quickly changes things if not working. The defense is now very good compared to the start of the season, hard work on the training ground from a team who love their manager. A manager who is loved by fans and player a certain Jose comes to mind.

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9:10am Fri 18 Jan 13 Mush On The Beach says…

Arse

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9:14am Fri 18 Jan 13 Littleton-Saint says…

It's interesting that the D.E. journalist who wrote this article, failed to put their name to it - an article which is designed to create uncertainty and annoy the fans. Adkins is doing a great job in developing a top Premiership side. Just let him get on with it.

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9:15am Fri 18 Jan 13 Rising_Son says…

I don't remember NC saying that a “more high profile manager may be required" when we get to the prem. Does anyone, apart from leechyboy, remember it?

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9:21am Fri 18 Jan 13 saintmicky says…

Jannersaint wrote…

NC would have sacked NA at the start of the window if he was going to. We've got a good team that seem to be improving and signs are we are about to strengthen the team. Hardly signs if a regime change. I'd like to see another proven defensive coach from a top European club background though.

Perhaps this is the job that discussions with Pochettinho are about? Many on here have asked that Nigel has the support of that type of defensive coach, Chinese whispers and all!! STID

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9:21am Fri 18 Jan 13 Barcelona Saint says…

Load of junk from the Mirror who also had us linked with Di Matteo earlier on. More importantly at the mo, is signing a CD!

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9:23am Fri 18 Jan 13 Alicesdad says…

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…

Nigel is doing a fantastic job and the players and fans are right behind him. The odds are that a replacement would do worse not better. Some linked Harry with a return before he got QPR. I watched his press conference the other night and he talked about the fee and wages of a deal that wasn't yet done. Did people really think he and Cortese could possiby work together for more than a day? Get real. Nigel is one of the very few managers that can fit in with Cortese's management style.

Very good point indeed. The personalities do seem to work together well. Anyone else would clash with Cortese. As for the Echo .. words fail me again .. they have to sell papers but every time these stories emerge and they give them print space they tarmish their own reputation. Its fast turning into a giveaway rag like the metro and Evening Strandard.

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9:25am Fri 18 Jan 13 Swissowned says…

I think there would be a huge Backlash if NA was dismissed. Far more so than when Pardew was dismissed! There's more chance of NA Being poached by Liverpool than of him being dismissed!

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9:25am Fri 18 Jan 13 aldermoorboy says…

Nigel 10 more years.

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9:34am Fri 18 Jan 13 Matt Le God says…

complete paper claptrap and nonsense. That said, lets ensure NC is under no illusion as to who we want in the driving seat at Southampton not just on Monday but EVERY match... We love you Nigel we do, we love you Nigel we do.....

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9:43am Fri 18 Jan 13 Dave Brown says…

Why does The Echo keep up this personal attack on Nigel Adkins and seek every avenue to undermine the club. The paper should be more positive in the reporting aspect as I am certain I am one of many fans getting sick and tired of headlines which appear to be totally false. Become more professional in reporting stories regarding The Saints or close your sports section down.

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9:52am Fri 18 Jan 13 Bungy53 says…

Malcy wrote…

Where do these rumours come from? If Cortese is insincere and back stabbing Nigel should and would be the first to know, what nonsense, he hasn't half finished this season yet to fullfill his ambitions, if there is any grain of truth Nigel wouldn't wait to be humiliated and wouldn' be unemployed 5 minutes, his phone would be red hot, this and any other rubbish that surfaces should be ignored, let the man get on and complete his work

From the Newsnow website for all Saints related stuff, the first mention of this was from the Mirror, then the Star. Another thread also menions that this Argentinian fella has recently got the sack, so he can't be that good.As others have said this is more of the usual anti-Saints crap from the national media. Unusually, for the Echo, I thought the DE piece attempted to be quite neutral (relatively speaking) for once. Snows nearly stopped. Roll on Monday evening.

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9:56am Fri 18 Jan 13 Saint 2701 says…

Was all for sacking Adkins after the start we had but im glad he has proved me wrong. WOULD BE AN ABSOLUTE DISCRASE IF HE GETS SACKED NOW!

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10:06am Fri 18 Jan 13 saintshorse101 says…

i say let the echo keep printing these stories. after the first 10 games everyone and their dog( well for tax purposes) has been linked with our nige`s job, and we havent done too bad in that time have we. as for redkrapp he`s already spent £8mill on remy and signed ben haim whos wages helped to sink the skates when `arry signed him for them. if qpr go down they could well do another poopey.

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10:08am Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintJD says…

I think this sort of thing just seems to motivate the team to play even better. Clearly, contrary to what some have said on here, the players love the manager and want to play for him and they'll do that again on Monday. If this did turn out to be true then NC has obviously been inspired by the wonderful atmosphere generated at Stamford Bridge since they sacked their successful manager. Don't suppose there is any chance NC was talking to their manager in relation to potential transfer targets and the paper's jumped to the wrong conclusion?

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10:10am Fri 18 Jan 13 miltonarcher says…

Dave Brown wrote…

Why does The Echo keep up this personal attack on Nigel Adkins and seek every avenue to undermine the club. The paper should be more positive in the reporting aspect as I am certain I am one of many fans getting sick and tired of headlines which appear to be totally false. Become more professional in reporting stories regarding The Saints or close your sports section down.

Agree 100%. DE credibility now zero. What a dubious rag it has become. Obvious desperate for readers so they print any sort of rubbish. What have you got against Nigel DE?

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10:11am Fri 18 Jan 13 three halves says…

If there is a change of manager on the horizon at least get someone who is proven at the top level and not a foreigner no one has heard off.

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10:12am Fri 18 Jan 13 saintgodders jnr says…

Already got the best man for the job and that has been proved with back to back promotions and the huge improvement we have seen in the squad over the course of our first season back in the toughest league in the world. No chairman in his right mind ( apart from chelseas ) would want to unsettle that, just more bull**** rumours I think. Keep up the good work mr adkins

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10:27am Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintMax says…

Which English PL side is suddenly emerging as a new force = SFC which EPL side is scouting Europe and being linked to every half decent young player = SFC. Therefore we will attract the attention and hangers on from across Europe due to us being defo on the up! NA isn't going anywhere, we though are going towards the top half of this league!

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10:32am Fri 18 Jan 13 business-guru says…

This is an "engineered" rumour. To raise the profile of an ordinary defender and an even more ordinary manager. There is absolutely no substance to it whatsoever. Nigel was given 5 games after the West Ham farce to deliver and he delivered. Redknapp was informally offered the job if still available and if Nigel was shown the door. But no one else has been approached and Nigel has the job until the end of the season at least.

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10:38am Fri 18 Jan 13 Taunton Saint says…

Well done Echo - fantastic, well researched article, with quotes attributed to sources close to the situation Oh,sorry, excuse my sarcasm. I am afraid Journalistic "standards" like this deserve little else Still, Saintly Sole will be here soon enough, teling us it is all true,that is after he has saved may lives in Surgery (sorry, more sarcasm!)

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10:42am Fri 18 Jan 13 boilerman says…

Watched a piece about Yoshida on Sky sports, he was full of praise for Nigel and said what a nice man he was and how well he treats the players to get the best out of them. I think Nigel should hang in there carry on doing what he's doing and if Cortese gets rid of him he should take Saint's to the cleaners. We all know Nigel makes the odd mistake but who doesn't? we are in the position we are because of him. Keep up the good work.

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10:42am Fri 18 Jan 13 up saints says…

you can undestand why the echo is banned from southampton fc.they only post bad or made up stories.not much mention of the 6 penalties we should of had earlier in the season or shaw electifying pace that lead to the 2-2 draw at chealsea

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10:44am Fri 18 Jan 13 apm1954 says…

one nigel adkins

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10:46am Fri 18 Jan 13 hedge end bob says…

NIGEL IS OUR KING, NICOLA IS NO FOOL. IT ALL SEEMS TO POINT TOO. THE DAILY ECHO.. KING OF FOOLS!!!

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10:48am Fri 18 Jan 13 franiow says…

Can't blame the Echo for reporting a rumour that is being quoted by other papers. Hope it is tosh. The team and fans believe in Nigel. He has got a team of good players play above themselves, so that I feel that we could get a result against any side. Only 2 losses in 12 games, including draws against Stoke and Chelsea away and Arsenal at home. These teams have better players than us undoubtedly and yet Nigel can get the team to carry on and grab points.

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10:48am Fri 18 Jan 13 right back in the bar says…

Still basking in the glory of that equaliser - the moment when reality was completey suspended as Punch flicked the ball up on to this left foot - when it all slows down like that you can see the future a moment ahead in time -that the ball was going to hit the back of the net was never in doubt. This moment is still with me it was also the moment that confirmed for me that under NA's leadership this team will stay up. It is what NC believes in; if he didn't NA would be gone. The record speaks for itself 12 games only 2 losses sure we need to turn draws into wins; but they will come - starting with a hard fought win over Everton on Monday - they don't have a good away record against us never done well when they come to us.

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10:58am Fri 18 Jan 13 dadofmy3sons says…

I ask, does The Echo get revenue from us posting on this site? Advertisers requiring an amount of posters? The only way to stop the anonymous writer of this drivel is the worry that Saints fans might boycott this site because of the possibility that as well as losing the readers that are no longer buying their rag, they mght also lose the posters on here. It is now getting to ridiculous level. This story could have been reported in a much better way. All Saints fans know it is complete tosh and the Echo know this also, and yet they print it as if it were a truth.

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11:01am Fri 18 Jan 13 Beer Monster says…

boilerman wrote…

Watched a piece about Yoshida on Sky sports, he was full of praise for Nigel and said what a nice man he was and how well he treats the players to get the best out of them. I think Nigel should hang in there carry on doing what he's doing and if Cortese gets rid of him he should take Saint's to the cleaners. We all know Nigel makes the odd mistake but who doesn't? we are in the position we are because of him. Keep up the good work.

This. Well said, Nige is a thoroughly decent chap, long may he reign :-) In other news, I see the Skates will be unbeaten for a second week running - is that a record for this season?

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11:04am Fri 18 Jan 13 CHARLIE TAYLOR says…

Which Spanish newspaper ? name it so we can read for ourselves !!

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11:15am Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintJD says…

dadofmy3sons wrote…

I ask, does The Echo get revenue from us posting on this site? Advertisers requiring an amount of posters? The only way to stop the anonymous writer of this drivel is the worry that Saints fans might boycott this site because of the possibility that as well as losing the readers that are no longer buying their rag, they mght also lose the posters on here. It is now getting to ridiculous level. This story could have been reported in a much better way. All Saints fans know it is complete tosh and the Echo know this also, and yet they print it as if it were a truth.

Yeah, can everyone who hates the Echo please boycott this site to teach them a lesson? Will also mean other posters don't have to wade through all the anti-Echo posts being posted on the Echo website. It's kind of like slagging off McDonalds for destroying the rainforests and turning up to complain about it over a burger and fries. Just go off and find another site that offers this service alongside 100% positive stories... Maybe go to the official site and see if they have a commenting option. Oh, they haven't, how surprising. Open country, freedom of speech, freedom to report good and bad news or rumours. Not a bad thing in my opinion. And if the club won't talk to you, report the bits and pieces you can find from other sources. And before you say it I don't work for the Echo, just can't believe people don't see the irony of slagging off something you are coming back to again, and again, and again.

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11:20am Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintJD says…

right back in the bar wrote…

Still basking in the glory of that equaliser - the moment when reality was completey suspended as Punch flicked the ball up on to this left foot - when it all slows down like that you can see the future a moment ahead in time -that the ball was going to hit the back of the net was never in doubt. This moment is still with me it was also the moment that confirmed for me that under NA's leadership this team will stay up. It is what NC believes in; if he didn't NA would be gone. The record speaks for itself 12 games only 2 losses sure we need to turn draws into wins; but they will come - starting with a hard fought win over Everton on Monday - they don't have a good away record against us never done well when they come to us.

Nice post. Would love to see a good win on Monday after some poor results for our rivals and maybe a few postponements over the weekend. It's FA Cup fixture congestion time, would be great to see the likes of QPR and a few others derail any momentum with replays, postponements, and a nice mass of mid-week fixtures in April and May.

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11:27am Fri 18 Jan 13 InCortesewetrust says…

SaintJD wrote…

dadofmy3sons wrote…

I ask, does The Echo get revenue from us posting on this site? Advertisers requiring an amount of posters? The only way to stop the anonymous writer of this drivel is the worry that Saints fans might boycott this site because of the possibility that as well as losing the readers that are no longer buying their rag, they mght also lose the posters on here. It is now getting to ridiculous level. This story could have been reported in a much better way. All Saints fans know it is complete tosh and the Echo know this also, and yet they print it as if it were a truth.
Yeah, can everyone who hates the Echo please boycott this site to teach them a lesson? Will also mean other posters don't have to wade through all the anti-Echo posts being posted on the Echo website. It's kind of like slagging off McDonalds for destroying the rainforests and turning up to complain about it over a burger and fries. Just go off and find another site that offers this service alongside 100% positive stories... Maybe go to the official site and see if they have a commenting option. Oh, they haven't, how surprising. Open country, freedom of speech, freedom to report good and bad news or rumours. Not a bad thing in my opinion. And if the club won't talk to you, report the bits and pieces you can find from other sources. And before you say it I don't work for the Echo, just can't believe people don't see the irony of slagging off something you are coming back to again, and again, and again.

Like you said mate freedom of speech, people can mone all they like, nige has us playing good football, we just need 3 or 4 better players, when we do and under nige we will be a good top 10 side, next year,,, who is this pinochio fella anyway?

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11:31am Fri 18 Jan 13 three halves says…

SaintJD wrote…

dadofmy3sons wrote…

I ask, does The Echo get revenue from us posting on this site? Advertisers requiring an amount of posters? The only way to stop the anonymous writer of this drivel is the worry that Saints fans might boycott this site because of the possibility that as well as losing the readers that are no longer buying their rag, they mght also lose the posters on here. It is now getting to ridiculous level. This story could have been reported in a much better way. All Saints fans know it is complete tosh and the Echo know this also, and yet they print it as if it were a truth.
Yeah, can everyone who hates the Echo please boycott this site to teach them a lesson? Will also mean other posters don't have to wade through all the anti-Echo posts being posted on the Echo website. It's kind of like slagging off McDonalds for destroying the rainforests and turning up to complain about it over a burger and fries. Just go off and find another site that offers this service alongside 100% positive stories... Maybe go to the official site and see if they have a commenting option. Oh, they haven't, how surprising. Open country, freedom of speech, freedom to report good and bad news or rumours. Not a bad thing in my opinion. And if the club won't talk to you, report the bits and pieces you can find from other sources. And before you say it I don't work for the Echo, just can't believe people don't see the irony of slagging off something you are coming back to again, and again, and again.

That is a very good point as it does seem there are the same people who spend lot of time on here day after day.

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11:38am Fri 18 Jan 13 right back in the bar says…

SaintJD wrote…

right back in the bar wrote…

Still basking in the glory of that equaliser - the moment when reality was completey suspended as Punch flicked the ball up on to this left foot - when it all slows down like that you can see the future a moment ahead in time -that the ball was going to hit the back of the net was never in doubt. This moment is still with me it was also the moment that confirmed for me that under NA's leadership this team will stay up. It is what NC believes in; if he didn't NA would be gone. The record speaks for itself 12 games only 2 losses sure we need to turn draws into wins; but they will come - starting with a hard fought win over Everton on Monday - they don't have a good away record against us never done well when they come to us.
Nice post. Would love to see a good win on Monday after some poor results for our rivals and maybe a few postponements over the weekend. It's FA Cup fixture congestion time, would be great to see the likes of QPR and a few others derail any momentum with replays, postponements, and a nice mass of mid-week fixtures in April and May.

Yep - both Reading and QPR have easy ties and both should go into the 5th round. I also think a few teams above us will have a bad patch - Fulham and Wet Spam already are. Speaking of which apart from sending Harry's QPR packing really looking forward to setting the record straight and putting so called Big Sam in his place.

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11:47am Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintAsh1964 says…

Massive rumours going around on Twitter that NA has been sacked, hope its not true and if it is, dont think I'll follow Saints again.

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11:47am Fri 18 Jan 13 Taunton Saint says…

SaintJD wrote…

dadofmy3sons wrote…

I ask, does The Echo get revenue from us posting on this site? Advertisers requiring an amount of posters? The only way to stop the anonymous writer of this drivel is the worry that Saints fans might boycott this site because of the possibility that as well as losing the readers that are no longer buying their rag, they mght also lose the posters on here. It is now getting to ridiculous level. This story could have been reported in a much better way. All Saints fans know it is complete tosh and the Echo know this also, and yet they print it as if it were a truth.
Yeah, can everyone who hates the Echo please boycott this site to teach them a lesson? Will also mean other posters don't have to wade through all the anti-Echo posts being posted on the Echo website. It's kind of like slagging off McDonalds for destroying the rainforests and turning up to complain about it over a burger and fries. Just go off and find another site that offers this service alongside 100% positive stories... Maybe go to the official site and see if they have a commenting option. Oh, they haven't, how surprising. Open country, freedom of speech, freedom to report good and bad news or rumours. Not a bad thing in my opinion. And if the club won't talk to you, report the bits and pieces you can find from other sources. And before you say it I don't work for the Echo, just can't believe people don't see the irony of slagging off something you are coming back to again, and again, and again.

JD - appreciate your view point entirely, fredom of seech is what generations of my family (like many others) have fought for, and some have not returned home in doing so I don't hate the Echo, all I was saying was that this story is ill researched, and little other than re-reported mash. If the angle had been reporting what was said, and then adding we have used our contacts (and don't tell me despite the fact that the club and DE are at loggerheads they don't have some contacts still in SMS) then I wouldn't have commented like I did Freedom of speech and all that ;-) I don't mind bad news, bad performances I jst asked for it to be fair and balanced like a good journalism should be. Was this article?

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11:48am Fri 18 Jan 13 lowe esteem says…

Don't blame the Echo, or shoot this messenger, betting sites have suspended betting on this one, here's hoping the satchel-swingers and morbid speculators catch a cold and are wrong on this one. My heart -and me head- have always felt that Nicole and Nigel still had something building through this season-would be a travesty if all the hard work was undone.

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11:49am Fri 18 Jan 13 Danielbarker says…

I have heard NA has been sacked. If true not good.

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11:50am Fri 18 Jan 13 saint in suffolk says…

All betting suspended on next manager to be sacked after flood of money on NA. Hope not true but following the money is often a few hours ahead of the story

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11:51am Fri 18 Jan 13 Stroppy_gramps says…

I just heard this on the radio. wtF? lunacy!

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11:54am Fri 18 Jan 13 randre says…

Just heard breaking news on Talk Sport that he has been sacked... I hope this is not true :0(

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11:56am Fri 18 Jan 13 sarfhamton says…

He is gone!

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11:57am Fri 18 Jan 13 Lazy skier says…

I heard that too

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11:57am Fri 18 Jan 13 andysaint says…

OfficialSaints have tweeted that NA is gone . Disgusted - wtf is NC thinking about? Theres only one nigel adkins

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11:58am Fri 18 Jan 13 Nicole23 says…

Bye bye Nigel, you did a good job getting us up with Pardews set up, but now we have to move on. Decent players wont come here with you at the helm, some fans think bigger than just trying and Im one of them.The game at Chelsea was a joke your supposed to win not draw,that's not a game plan. Welcome to Southampton. Di Mateo

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12:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

The king is dead, long live the king. I am going to have to think this one through. saintlysoul right all the time doesn't make it any better.

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12:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ganja Jungle says…

I am outraged !!

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12:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13 dadofmy3sons says…

do not understand! the king is dead, long live the king. Must not do a Chelsea and boo the new manager, but a hell of a thing for Cortese to do !

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12:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 boilerman says…

Ganja Jungle wrote…

I am outraged !!

Ditto

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12:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Taunton Saint says…

Well that was me wrong!! Sorry Echo!! See unlike many others on here happy to man up and apologise

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12:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintJD says…

Oh my God, fair play Saintly Soul. Makes me disgusted to be a Saints fan. Thought Pardew was bad, but this is insanity. There goes our three points on Monday and probably our Premier League survival chances. Whether we stay up or not, my relationship with Saints has been seriously damaged again and our position as a family, community club has been tarnished beyond repair. It's a very, very sad day - totally deflated.

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12:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Mush On The Beach says…

Very sad news, words fail me frankly.

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12:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13 st1halo says…

LJSaint wrote…

Rubbish! This is a nothing story. Nigel is great for us and is happy here, the fans all love him and he already has back to back promotions with us. Nigel is the future!!!

Not such a nothing story then!

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 right back in the bar says…

Thinking on Wednesday what an awful club Chelsea are in the way they go about their business and now another despotic chairman just went and put us in the same category. can he not see the effect this type of thing has had on Chelsea. Who are we getting Di Matteo? he'll be in good company as he has is also abackstabber. The fans and players were doing it for NA now all the good work that has put us in a position to go forward and secure prem status is jeopardised. Its a disgrace.

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1:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Craig says…

Wow! There's some apologies owed here aint there? Disgraceful decision by the way.

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1:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintlysoul says…

Velleity wrote…

The Echo seems to suffer from some version of Tourettes that makes them print negative Saints stories uncontrollably.

No Valerie it's called the truth - reality. Oh sorry I forgot you're allergic to those aren't you?

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1:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintlysoul says…

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…

Nigel is doing a fantastic job and the players and fans are right behind him. The odds are that a replacement would do worse not better. Some linked Harry with a return before he got QPR. I watched his press conference the other night and he talked about the fee and wages of a deal that wasn't yet done. Did people really think he and Cortese could possiby work together for more than a day? Get real. Nigel is one of the very few managers that can fit in with Cortese's management style.

How do you feel Seedy? Embarrassed? You should be. Your credibility is shot - gone. Your dismissal of reality is now legendary!!!!

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2:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Beer Monster says…

dadofmy3sons wrote…

do not understand! the king is dead, long live the king. Must not do a Chelsea and boo the new manager, but a hell of a thing for Cortese to do !

Agreed, will Cortese be joining Rupert Lowe on the Itchen Bridge?

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3:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Mush On The Beach says…

saintlysoul wrote…

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…

Nigel is doing a fantastic job and the players and fans are right behind him. The odds are that a replacement would do worse not better. Some linked Harry with a return before he got QPR. I watched his press conference the other night and he talked about the fee and wages of a deal that wasn't yet done. Did people really think he and Cortese could possiby work together for more than a day? Get real. Nigel is one of the very few managers that can fit in with Cortese's management style.
How do you feel Seedy? Embarrassed? You should be. Your credibility is shot - gone. Your dismissal of reality is now legendary!!!!

“Nigel is doing a fantastic job and the players and fans are right behind him. The odds are that a replacement would do worse not better. You are sounding very smug fella. No doubt you have had some attacks on here, but there is nothing in that statement above that I would disagree with. It’s a sad day for all fans of football that believe loyalty and integrity count for something less than a business model.

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3:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13 wightlink flyer says…

Dear oh dear... Dont some people look silly now ? Paper talk, non story DE get slagged off for daring to report the rumours...and what happens? 06:00 this morning, the latest SFC mailshot gets sent out, with the "everythings great here" stuff. Looks like thery forgot to mention our manager had been sacked. Keep in the dark & fed 5hit, as usual by SFC. NC, you really are a premier league tw@.

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3:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Taunton Saint says…

saintlysoul wrote…

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…

Nigel is doing a fantastic job and the players and fans are right behind him. The odds are that a replacement would do worse not better. Some linked Harry with a return before he got QPR. I watched his press conference the other night and he talked about the fee and wages of a deal that wasn't yet done. Did people really think he and Cortese could possiby work together for more than a day? Get real. Nigel is one of the very few managers that can fit in with Cortese's management style.
How do you feel Seedy? Embarrassed? You should be. Your credibility is shot - gone. Your dismissal of reality is now legendary!!!!

ahh me Tree Surgeon this post clearly states my view about you yesterday, no surgeon has such arrogance or contempt in them (trust me I know several, all decent men with humility something you don't have) So you were right, well done, but really keep anyone can post the same thing time and again and it will happen ONE day and then anyone can say there were right How about this, Luke Shaw will leave Saints, it will happen one and ooohhh thenI can say I was right!! Sole - go away and support YOUR Teamin League 2 next year

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4:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Mike in Dorset says…

Just when you think the ship has been steadied, someone shouts "Man overboard" and it's true! Thank you Nigel for getting the Saints where they are today. As for his replacement, all I can say is Thank God it's not Mardonna! March on!

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4:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hedge end bob says…

Nicole23 wrote…

Bye bye Nigel, you did a good job getting us up with Pardews set up, but now we have to move on. Decent players wont come here with you at the helm, some fans think bigger than just trying and Im one of them.The game at Chelsea was a joke your supposed to win not draw,that's not a game plan. Welcome to Southampton. Di Mateo

WRONG ON BOTH COUNTS........... GAME PLAN & MANAGER. dont think i will read you posts in future you know F.A.

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4:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Clausentum Saint says…

I hope I am proven wrong but I think this a poor decision by Cortese. It was obviously clinically planned in typical.Cortese fashion,apparenly the new manager Mauricio Pochettino had been researching the team for weeks.Thanks Nigel for all your wonderful efforts,Saints fans will never forget you.

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4:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hedge end bob says…

hedge end bob wrote…

NIGEL IS OUR KING, NICOLA IS NO FOOL. IT ALL SEEMS TO POINT TOO. THE DAILY ECHO.. KING OF FOOLS!!!

NIGEL WAS OUR KING, NICOLA IS A FOOL, IT ALL SEEMS TO POINT TOO. THE DAILY ECHO IS NOT KING OF FOOLS.

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6:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13 El Santo says…

hedge end bob wrote…

hedge end bob wrote…

NIGEL IS OUR KING, NICOLA IS NO FOOL. IT ALL SEEMS TO POINT TOO. THE DAILY ECHO.. KING OF FOOLS!!!
NIGEL WAS OUR KING, NICOLA IS A FOOL, IT ALL SEEMS TO POINT TOO. THE DAILY ECHO IS NOT KING OF FOOLS.

Well said. What a shock...

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7:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13 andysaints007 says…

SaintJD wrote…

dadofmy3sons wrote…

I ask, does The Echo get revenue from us posting on this site? Advertisers requiring an amount of posters? The only way to stop the anonymous writer of this drivel is the worry that Saints fans might boycott this site because of the possibility that as well as losing the readers that are no longer buying their rag, they mght also lose the posters on here. It is now getting to ridiculous level. This story could have been reported in a much better way. All Saints fans know it is complete tosh and the Echo know this also, and yet they print it as if it were a truth.
Yeah, can everyone who hates the Echo please boycott this site to teach them a lesson? Will also mean other posters don't have to wade through all the anti-Echo posts being posted on the Echo website. It's kind of like slagging off McDonalds for destroying the rainforests and turning up to complain about it over a burger and fries. Just go off and find another site that offers this service alongside 100% positive stories... Maybe go to the official site and see if they have a commenting option. Oh, they haven't, how surprising. Open country, freedom of speech, freedom to report good and bad news or rumours. Not a bad thing in my opinion. And if the club won't talk to you, report the bits and pieces you can find from other sources. And before you say it I don't work for the Echo, just can't believe people don't see the irony of slagging off something you are coming back to again, and again, and again.

Well said - the sooner the Echo bashers go away the better !! I don't particularly like the paper because of it's history - but I don't feel the need to whinge about them like some on here constantly do!! It would be interesting to hear why these planks don't like the paper YET still come on here every day!! MUPPETS

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7:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Linesman says…

After today's announcement, these comments make interesting reading. It would appear that Cortese is no quite at popular now as he was when the last comment was made on this page.

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12:23pm Sat 19 Jan 13 montecristosaint says…

El Santo wrote…

Absurd! Pochettino is a mediocre coach, ultradefensive and not suited to our squad.

you are totally ignorant like so many fans in England Pochettino is a class act who believs in attacking football,. Saints are lucky to have him you wait and see. Expect Saints to finish in the top half and challenge next year.

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