Saints sack Adkins and appoint Pochettino

11:46am Friday 18th January 2013 in Sport

Nigel Adkins has been sacked as manager of Saints and replaced by former Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino.

The 47-year-old was dismissed this morning by chairman Nicola Cortese, despite having led the club to back-to-back promotions and into 15th place in the Premier League.

Adkins was nearly fired earlier in the season, after a 2-0 loss at West Brom in November left them bottom of the table.

However, following that defeat he had masterminded an impressive upturn in fortunes, with Saints losing just two of their last 12 Premier League matches and pulling three points clear of the drop zone.

That was not enough to stop Cortese putting his search for a new boss on hold, however.

Reports emerged in the last 24 hours that the St Mary’s chief had met Argentinian coach Pochettino, who has been out of work since late November, when he was let go by Espanyol after a poor run of results.

The 40-year-old former Argentina international took over at the Spanish club in 2009, marking his first job in management.

A statement from 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.

“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.”

A comment from Pochettino added: “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.”

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11:56am Fri 18 Jan 13 mushrooms says…

gutted

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11:58am Fri 18 Jan 13 Saintsteve7 says…

Brainless!

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11:59am Fri 18 Jan 13 Saintsteve says…

Never will i set foot in st marys again. Disgraceful.

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11:59am Fri 18 Jan 13 jerseysaint says…

WTF how mad is Cortese. League one is calling

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12:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13 petethephantom says…

cortese like the italians in the war, changed sides and is 2 faced bestof luck in every endeavour nigel, and good luck to the club that snaps you up ( blackburn maybe)

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12:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13 adamello says…

Said before, will say again, never trusted cortese

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12:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13 scooby mark says…

Cant believe this,how stupid

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12:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Scillysaint says…

Complete madness, i feel sick avery sad day in the history of southampton fc speechless !

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12:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13 willygetaway says…

not happy

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12:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sarfhamton says…

I am gutted and feel ashamed to be a Saint today.

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12:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13 jerseysaint says…

The Everton game should be fun. If i was Cortese i would stay at home. Good luck Nigel you are loved. You will not be out of a job for very long.

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12:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saint in suffolk says…

Crazy. Nigel will be snapped up in no time at all and someone will have a fantastic manager

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12:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Spirit of 58 says…

I am speechless - what would NC do to someone who fails? Good luck to you Nigel you deserve better.

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12:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13 romsey-saint says…

Absolute f@@@ing disgrace. Best manger we have had in years. Can't describe how angry I am about this. Marcus would never have sanctioned this.

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12:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13 up saints says…

in shock

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12:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sburman says…

I am not a true Saints fan ( Green Army Exile & Spirtfires more for me ) but I must say this seems ludicrous. What more can a manager do to keep his job then what Adkins has achieved?

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12:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SOULJACKER says…

Why would they do that :D Seems a bit of a strange decision, hope they know what they are doing?

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12:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ozmosis says…

Gutted.... espcially after recent progress :-(

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12:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13 mbetts says…

DISGUSTING!!!!

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12:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Southernlad says…

this is disgusting - i will never set foot in st marys again. Cortese what on earth is wrogn with you, you need help. i feel sick.

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12:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13 the third hardest man in sholing says…

Gutted. I would expect the fans to kick off big time. Some guy who cant even speak English for flucks sake!!!

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12:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13 thomasupton says…

OMG That is unbelievable.

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12:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Stroppy_gramps says…

utterly unbelievable! Nige - all the best mate, we will never ever forget what you did for our club in your time here. I truly hope that you continue your successful career in management, you are a true diamond. I'm completely gutted by this. And I'm also very very worried now. This was NOT the time to do this. Who is the new boss? I've never heard of him - as a player or a coach. I hope NC has done the right thing and doesn't regret it like Abramovich is with Benitez.

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12:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 manchester exiled Saint says…

mushrooms wrote…

gutted

Exactly.. I posted a few days ago that while I didnt agree with all that NA had done we were united as a club. I am so dissapointed. He deserved better. I have just one question.. WHY? The results have been good. The fans were right behind NA and the club. Just see the support at Villa andChelsea. Why? Thanks to Nigel for everything

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12:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Little Hitler says…

Very very regrettable, thank you Nigel for everything you've done for Southampton FC. BUT, there's clearly a plan to move on to bigger things and the Chairman wants a higher profile manager who can attract the best players in Europe. It's not right, it's not fair but the best analogy is the 'Saints players for England' thing, they just get picked. Cortese is trying to kick us on to the next level and we have to support him. No Chelsea type histrionics please, that will do no good for anyone other than our rivals. All the very best Nigel, a true Saints legend!

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12:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintmatt01 says…

Worse thing to happen to Saints in quite a while. Just when we had turned the corner. We are looking fairly solid through out the team and playing good attractive football. We had a young British manager who was giving us the stability we have not had in years. Cortese out!!

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12:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 tomw1234 says…

I'm so fckin angry about this! Adkins worked his a*se off for this club and this is what he gets. After a draw at the Bridge and a win at Villa! We are now doomed to the Championship! Our rivals will be laughing at us now! The boos will be ringing out at St Marys on Monday night! Cortese OUT!

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12:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 alanrr says…

not happy at all............disgr aceful...will not be renewing my season ticket

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12:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 TadanariLee says…

This is ridiculous. Feel genuinely sick and upset for Nige. There must be something behind this, as it can't be purely based on results. Thank you Nigel - you're a legend.

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12:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Fawleysajollygoodfellow says…

Sorry Nigel. Thanks for everything you have done for our club. As a fan I truly appreciate what you have done. God help us.

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12:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sasmike says…

cortesse you are a TOSSER

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12:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 AKA The Saint says…

Harsh!!! Gutted for Nigel, but shows the ruthless ambition of Cortese, but to what end?

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12:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 onlyjoe says…

This is complete madness, Nigel has just found his feet in these league and the players have some fire back in their bellies - this could be a real downturn for our season - we'll only know in a few months time. Best of luck Atkins, you will be sorely missed. I'm in complete disbelief!

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12:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lambo83 says…

Embarassed to be a Saints fan. Biycott the games. CORTESE out, take your Argie pal with you. Thanks for the memories Nige, you've overseen one of the best periods for saints in the modern day. THERE'S ONLY ONE NIGEL ADKINS.

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12:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Taunton Saint says…

Ridiculous, complete farce ONE NIGEL ADKINS THERE IS ONLY ONE NIGEL ADKINS ONE NIGEL ADKINS

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12:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Bristol_Saint Lewie says…

Absolute disgrace.... Never posted anything before but this is just ridiculous and the epitome of everything wrong with football... Good luck NA!!!

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12:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Matt Le God says…

Dont get it. Gutted. Crazy. NC - it's time to stand up and be counted.

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12:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 jwcl says…

What does Cortese expect in the first season back in prem! GOOD LUCK to Nigel and when your new team comes to St Mary's give us the biggest stuffing ever...

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12:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 ash_ says…

Very surprised after our recent run. Thought he deserved the whole season at least. But it's done now and we have to move on and get behind this new guy, whoever he is! Lets not let this get the team down.

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12:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Saint Nipper says…

Totally disgusted with this whole matter. Nigel has been a positive element in the rebuilding of SFC - now this..... What a complete JOKE!!

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12:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Saintade says…

Absolute madness. I feel so sorry for Nigel after what he has achieved, especially turning the team around this season. Expect major backlash along the lines of Benitez. VERY angry.

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12:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nicole23 says…

YESSSSSSSSSS!! Correct decision. I am so glad that Cortese has finally seen the light. If Adkins ever see's the Prem again I will eat my hat. Time to move on and get a decent tactician in place.

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12:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Sainthicks says…

I'm in shock I honestly can't believe this. Adkins has worked wonders for this club and this is the thanks he gets. Shocking decision

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12:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

I have been backing NC, but I would like a full explanation about this move, it won't be popular and is sure to be disruptive and explains the delay to the Forren signing.

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12:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13 randre says…

I am gutted... Absolute disgrace. Nigel was a top man and did a great job. Sorry Nicola, this decision is a disgrace. If we go down, it is down to you. Gutted.

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12:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Prit says…

How to destroy a football club in one easy lesson. Cortese you are a moron.

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12:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13 HarrytheHorse33 says…

WTF. Has the world gone mad? I've always believed in Cortese and his plans for OUR club, but this is unbelievable... and as for the timing - why now????

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

Very upset!!!!! There have been fans moaning about Nigel's tactics, and substitutions, but he turned it around and things looked good!!!!! Sometimes the WUMs get it right,

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12:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13 devonsaint2 says…

I feel really sick....I don't want to go to the Everton game now or Wigan.( just got my tickets ) Really really feel down

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12:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ganja Jungle says…

I am so angry we going to fall a long way now. I think we will see Derby day soon. No experience in the Prem or english football

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12:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13 dadofmy3sons says…

Saints fans , what to do on Monday? We do not want to be another Chelsea and boo our own manager, but what is Cortese thinking of? This is a manager who has been succesful for us and appearred to be going in the right direction. He will not be out of work for long that is certain. And who is Pochetino? Never heard of him nd he has certainly not been very successful so far. Appears to be step backward but only time will tell. Apologies to the Echo, it appears you had it right. Still find it hard to believe.

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12:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintforever says…

an absolute disgrace - after wednesday seeing the team so all together including adkins i thought we had turned a corner - looks like its a dead end

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12:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Thornhill Saint says…

HarrytheHorse33 wrote…

WTF. Has the world gone mad? I've always believed in Cortese and his plans for OUR club, but this is unbelievable... and as for the timing - why now????

January transfer window maybe? Could be a chance for him to get his own men in.

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12:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Readeano says…

absolutly disgusted, he has turned us around and climbing the table now we get someone in who has no experience and no knowledge and sacked from his job for poor results. Why not someone decent we know or has experience. Signings will be off now and no progress made

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12:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13 cherrychris75 says…

From a cherry up the road. I coudn't stand Adkins but that is one of the strangest decisions after getting a point at the European Champions. I was just believing we wouldnt be playing you in the Championship next season. Now i'm not sure. Good luck for the rest of the season

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12:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Invidia says…

If NC did not learn anything from Chelsea the other night about an unpopular manager then he has been mislead by someone, the gates have dwindled at Chelsea and so they will at St Mary's this is sheer madness and I cannot forsee the fallout that will come of this. Mr Potchettino (who) has no more pedigree than NA so why rock the boat. it looks like the media is running football these days. DISGUSTED FAN.

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12:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Hdg end mo says…

Nigel thank you for everything you have achieved this is a disgraceful decision by cortese. Feel extreamly sad for you and angry at the club. Cortese done the dirty on nigel Fing disgraceful behaviour Cortese out

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12:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13 devonsaint2 says…

Nicole23 wrote…

YESSSSSSSSSS!! Correct decision. I am so glad that Cortese has finally seen the light. If Adkins ever see's the Prem again I will eat my hat. Time to move on and get a decent tactician in place.

P1ss off Pompey scum

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12:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sfranck says…

Wake me up, it's a nightmare.....

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12:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Walter K says…

Didn't want to take all the non-believers' money - taking candy from babies..... Good luck in your next endeavour Nigel.

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12:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13 up saints says…

iam lost for words this thread will hit 1000 comments

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12:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13 tomw1234 says…

The Saints fans will be chanting your name Nigel on Monday night. We will never forget what you did for us. ONLY ONE NIGEL ADKINS!!!!

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12:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13 petethephantom says…

was going down to the travel agent tommorrow to buy a ticket 2 see soton like i did last year screw it...... i'll save the $3000 ( 2000 pounds) and have holidays at home..... i thought we had stable management but seems this ITIE thinks we after 2 promotions are man u or man city or chelsea ( then again chelsea is run by ities as well ) enough said

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12:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Quite Frankly says…

Cortese, you are a despicable toad. Leave now - we don't need vipers like you here.

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12:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Lockssmart says…

That'll be Saints in the Championship next season then!

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12:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lowe esteem says…

Success at all costs Nicola-you may have just slewed the Bus off the good road ahead

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12:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St.henley says…

So instead of buying players he has sacked an ambitios manager and replaced him with an argentine espanyol reject!! WTF championship here we come (next move they'll sell Rickie)

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12:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13 apm1954 says…

is cortese a skate

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12:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Mark fan for ever says…

I am in shock the chairman must be on drugs I can't believe it .

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12:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13 mustard says…

Like most of you I am gutted an confused, the only silver lining I can see is that this is how I felt when Pardew was sacked and things actually got better..........impo rtant thing is not to protest during the game, we've seen how the atmosphere at Chelsea works against their team. Keep the faith COYR !

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12:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13 grafton1952 says…

Cannot believe it,Nigel, thanks for a great job, all the best for the future.

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12:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13 boilerman says…

Disgraceful I feel ashamed, embarrased, sad,disgusted. Cortese should go . All the best Nigel you should feel proud of what you have achieved, now go after Saints for Compensation. This really does make you lose faith with English football.

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12:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13 legh_langston says…

Solves Chelsea's problems! Benitez out Adkins in! asap!

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12:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Southern Driver says…

Best manager we've had for years and that prat Cortese sacks him. What the hell is he playing at? I won't be going to St Marys again...sod 'em.

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12:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Farehamscareham says…

Thanks Nige for the back-to-backs and the style of play and belief you gave back to the club. Good luck wherever you end up.

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12:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13 InCortesewetrust says…

Good luck nige your a top bloke and good manager, WHO THE F*UCK IS PINOCHIO? NC you have just lost all respect from the fans, such a silly move, I can't believe it, pinochio better hit the ground running, I hope nige gets a good club soon, what dose pinochio bring to our table?

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12:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13 priesters says…

"This decision has been made with the long-term ambitions of Southampton Football Club in mind." Has it f*ck. Back-to-back promotions, good form in the premiership which is surely a stepping stone to pushing on next year, with one of THE best young managers around! I thought the days of us being a laughing stock were over...obviously not.

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12:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lowe esteem says…

Success at all costs eh, Nicola? You may just have slewed the Bus off the good road ahead?

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12:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13 crashley says…

I could cry,end of!!!!!!!!!!!! FFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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12:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St.DaveH says…

It dont happen often, but I am speechless - WTFis going on when the club is making good progress game on game under the guidance of a man of total integrity - the results have been improving and the players appeared to perform for him........I am gutted....COYRs.

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12:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Brusher Mills says…

Thanks Nigel for everything. This is a shock, but we support Saints and must now support the new manager. The Chairman has a plan, let hope it works. What's done is done, it can't be changed time to move on.

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12:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintlysoul says…

Seed house, Valerie, Slugger, Osprey, et al I told you. I told you NA and NC weren't talking. They haven't spoken since Christmas. I told you the players wanted NA to go. NA had fallen out with Kelvin Davis he wasn't speaking with him. That caused bad feeling in the team. I've been telling you all this fir some time. You thought I was a WUM. You thought I was stirring. You thought I was winding people up. You called me a skate. How. Do you all feel now? Southampton has big problems behind the scenes as this evidences. You all think everything is fine well it's not. That's been my concern. This club is potentially heading for downfall and none of you can see it. I feel gutted and so sorry for NA he's a nice man who has done his best but has been a dead man walking for a long time. It's appalling tat he's been ignored by NC he didn't even know about any new signings because he's not been consulted how awful is that? NC is trouble. No inter personal skills. He will rue this decision. I've told you that's its NC who's been picking the team not NA hence why Guly is played hence why JWP isn't. Davis has been played ahead of JWP what a joke - reason NC!!!! To fill you all in even more Ramirez is unhappy and wants out and Ouncheon has doubts about his future at Saints. Well there you are perhaps now you'll listen. Perhaps when people say things you'll listen rather than being abusive, rude and ignorant? Our club is in trouble we should be addressing that rather tha n posting smug comments about PFC - the way things are moving it could be casinos before long. I wish NA well I'm sure he won't be out of work for long!!!!!!

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12:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Bitterne Park Tim says…

We have no idea what has been going on in the background.... NC has dne nothing wrong so far..... we have to trust the decision. Who cares who manages the club.... SOUTHAMPTON FC is what matters, This new guy could be fantastic! GIVE HIMA CHANCE!

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12:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Somewhere local says…

Pochettino, who has been out of work since late November, when he was let go by Espanyol after a poor run of results Errrrrr am I missing something

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12:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ozmosis says…

Quite Frankly wrote…

Cortese, you are a despicable toad. Leave now - we don't need vipers like you here.

Sorry, that's a bit harsh. I don't like it one bit, but Cortese got Marcus involved. Without him the club would have been doomed. I just hope NC really knows what he's doing - I'm not convinced currently....

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12:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lowe esteem says…

Agree Sir Dave Merrington- BIZARRE!

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12:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Saintsteve7 says…

Be very surprised now if we don't go down. Shocking decision!

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12:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13 christian-saint says…

Nigel's record speaks for itself, Will always be a Saints Legend now. Why is football becoming such a hard game to support? This is so wrong and yet not all that much of a shock in what has become a game so detached from morality. I don't know how much more I can take. Shame. Thanks Nigel, I LOVED my time on the bus!!!

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12:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13 gadge60 says…

I am absolutely dismayed, shocked and disgusted. I thought we got rid of Rupert!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Apparently he has Italian relations........... I am not sure that I will ever attend St Marys while Cortese is in charge. This shws an absolute failure to understand how to build long term success in a football club.

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12:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13 AndyAndrews says…

Cortese's ruining the club and I'm not going back there until he goes.

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12:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13 red stripe says…

mushrooms wrote…

gutted

Nig did start a bit shakey and may be a bit nieve at first but he is learning the same as the team. Saints have belife and a strong togertherness which would have bonded our premiership status. How will the players feel now its suicide! He is nothing but an Italian Banker!

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12:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SPIKEISLANDTRADER says…

mushrooms wrote…

gutted

BLOODY SUICIDE

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12:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintPaul says…

Probably the best Southampton manager in living memory and he gets sacked...for what!!!??? Absoluteley ludicrous, I'm not going on Monday night now. I respect the players 100%, but not the chairman after this very poor decision. How do we keep the faith now!? Good luck Nige and thank you.

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12:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St Retford says…

To be fair, whenever Nicola makes a controversial decision he usually ends up being correct in the long term, but I'm still gutted for Nigel. I can't see why we've gone for someone like Pochettino though. His managerial record doesn't exactly jump out. Maybe we're trying to buy more South Americans?

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12:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lyn, says…

Im absolutely disgusted. I hope Cortese is prepared for the backlash from fans! Good luck Nigel!

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12:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 harryt93 says…

NC is mad. Poor decision, it'll be like Chelsea situation all over

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12:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ross123 says…

Thornhill Saint wrote…

HarrytheHorse33 wrote…

WTF. Has the world gone mad? I've always believed in Cortese and his plans for OUR club, but this is unbelievable... and as for the timing - why now????
January transfer window maybe? Could be a chance for him to get his own men in.

yep now wonder no one has been signed yet! looks like this has been the plan to get a new manager and get his own men in! love nigel to bits, legend, but if this guy gets in some top players and gets us 5 wins on the spin, then happy days, if not then cortese has a lot to answer for!

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12:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 fratton84 says…

If that's the kind of club we have become then I'd rather we'd been left to die when we went into administration...

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12:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 tharg64 says…

WTF are Saints thinking?!! Cortese replaces Nigel with a manager who was sacked for getting poor results?!?! This is not in the interests of the club, players and fans! Reinstate Adkins and Sack Cortese!!!!!

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12:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 jersey saint says…

Upto now have I had faith in Cortese.....not now though! Its too far into the season to suffer the obvious dip in form that the team will suffer due to this unsettling change. I'm sure all the players that have worked with Nigel will be as gutted as we are and there will be obvious side effects which will show in the forthcoming results? NC you have made a catastrophic blunder which I hope does not lead to our relegation. Nigel, its been a pleasure to support a team led by you and I wish you success in the future. :-(

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12:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 batesieboy says…

Calm down everyone...remember that it was Cortese who saved us from extinction a few years ago! Remember that he sacked Pardew and most of us were bemused...but he brought in Adkins. So far he has got everything right...this could be the move to the next level. Nige has been great, and I wish him all the best with HIS new Club and fresh challenge. Our business is to support Southampton Football Club, that's all.

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12:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13 olddellsaint says…

MR NIGEL ATKINS; FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART I WISH TO THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE FOR OUR BELOVED SAINTS, YOU BROUGHT PRIDE BACK TO ST MARYS, AND YOU BROUGHT US BACK TO THE TOP TIER, 'THE LEAST WE FORGET'

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12:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13 skiptonsaint says…

Gutted Thanks nigel and sorry Disgraceful

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12:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Saint dog says…

We draw with Chelsea Then cortese thinks he is a Russian The team played with conviction and turned up for a fight Chap low was great I can't see how this Argie can do much better .what transfers can we expect? Hostile at St Mary's monday

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12:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13 PTID1898 says…

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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12:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13 business-guru says…

shows how wrong I can be.... gutted.

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12:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13 malcher says…

Angry, sad, embarassed, confused, disgusted. Apart from that speechless. I suppose St Marys will be like Stamford Bridge now, booing the current manager and singing for the old one. All the very best and thank you so much Nigel

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12:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Red n White says…

I'm shocked. The only explanation I can think of is that better foreign players are unwilling to play under Adkins. I wouldn't be surprised to see a big name signing now to try and calm the fans. At least I hope so, or Cortese is in for a lot of stick!

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12:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13 bluehants says…

WTF I love football and pompey and dont like to see you win (of course) but this and what happened at FP are all thats wrong with football I havnt been on here for a while as he turned it round there . Another good manager sacked, for what? 2 losses in 12 in the prem league what a joke. Atkins will do well elsewhere

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12:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Cotterclan says…

What is that idiot Cortese up to? He can put 3 season tickets up where the sun don't shine. Thank you Nigel, u did us proud.

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12:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Chris1991 says…

From The Saints web site, the new guy's record "In the 146 league matches for which he was at the helm, 49 resulted in victory (33.6%), 33 were draws (22.6%) and 64 ended in defeat (43.8%)." A sucessful manager eh?

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12:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13 burtonoracle says…

Instant reaction is that Cortese, if possible, is even more of a little **** than previously reputed. His statement is the usual crap spouted by chairmen after knifing a poorly performing manager in the back made far far worse when applied to a brilliant manager and man like NA. As for Pottechino - who's he and what's he done apart from getting sacked by Espanyol. What is the evidence of him being a 'well-respected coach of substantial quality who has gained a reputation as an astute tactician and excellent man manager.' None that I can find. Finally unless Cortese has learnt more that is humanly possible about football in the last three years, someone is pulling his strings just as they did when he appointed NA. Les Reed is the obvious suspect so do some real journalism at the Echo and dig the dirt out. Apart from that a million thanks to Nigel for the ride and good luck,

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12:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13 dadofmy3sons says…

Press conference at 2.30 with an interpreter. A manager who needs an interpreter is going to struggle. The claims that Nigel needed more exprience at this level and didn't kow players? So how does an Argie who coached badly at a lower level club struggling in the top level of an inferior league going to cope? "On 28 September 2010 Pochettino extended his contract with the club for one more year, until 30 June 2012. On 26 November 2012, however, following a 0–2 home loss against Getafe CF that left the Pericos in the last place with just nine points from 13 matches, he was relieved of his duties" Not what I envisage as a step up! Support the Saints. Still.

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12:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13 thomasupton says…

Liebherr family if you truly love this club please sack Cortese now

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12:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13 mbetts says…

PTID1898 wrote…

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

SHUT UP YOUR CLUBS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!

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12:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13 gadge60 says…

And for the record..... Nigel, you are fantastic and will be very sorely missed. You are decent, truthful, committed, honest and made me very proud to be a Saints fan. You are a great manager and it is Cortese who should go, not you.

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12:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13 tomw1234 says…

dadofmy3sons wrote…

Saints fans , what to do on Monday? We do not want to be another Chelsea and boo our own manager, but what is Cortese thinking of? This is a manager who has been succesful for us and appearred to be going in the right direction. He will not be out of work for long that is certain. And who is Pochetino? Never heard of him nd he has certainly not been very successful so far. Appears to be step backward but only time will tell. Apologies to the Echo, it appears you had it right. Still find it hard to believe.

I think we should chant Nigels name on Monday night and show him what he meant to us and to show our appreciation of him. He was our saviour. I don't believe in booing the new manager as he deserves a chance but I think we should show our support to Adkins and show NC that he cannot do things like this without an uproar from us fans who pay to watch our team week in week out!

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 gadge60 says…

And for the record..... Nigel, you are fantastic and will be very sorely missed. You are decent, truthful, committed, honest and made me very proud to be a Saints fan. You are a great manager and it is Cortese who should go, not you.

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 gadge60 says…

And for the record..... Nigel, you are fantastic and will be very sorely missed. You are decent, truthful, committed, honest and made me very proud to be a Saints fan. You are a great manager and it is Cortese who should go, not you.

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Yura Nicced says…

Absolutely disgusted - Cortese - u r a disgrace - unbelievable

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 gadge60 says…

And for the record..... Nigel, you are fantastic and will be very sorely missed. You are decent, truthful, committed, honest and made me very proud to be a Saints fan. You are a great manager and it is Cortese who should go, not you.

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 gadge60 says…

And for the record..... Nigel, you are fantastic and will be very sorely missed. You are decent, truthful, committed, honest and made me very proud to be a Saints fan. You are a great manager and it is Cortese who should go, not you.

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 cooksareus says…

If Cortese has a clue what he is doing other than heading for 1st division I will be amazed(he must be a skater boy at heart) The new manager did take 9 points from 13 games in his last job

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SPIKEISLANDTRADER says…

Thanks Nigel for everything you have done , you will be missed . What is Cortese doing ????????????

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lambo83 says…

PTID1898 wrote…

Who the f**k is laughing now

That would be us. How's your League 1 relegation battle and court case going? Silly skate tit.

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 mickmickmickmickmickmickmills.. says…

Adkins, you are a legend. You have lifted this club from the depths whilst keeping a core and talented nucleus of players who are playing terrific football in the Prem. You are intelligent, articulate and i've been proud to have you as our manager. I reckon the players are going to be gutted to see you go and that is what i'm worried about now because they have been so completely behind you. I have no doubt that you will go onto greater things and not hold any bitterness to the fans or the club.(although that will be hard)

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 rs1986 says…

I never comment on here, but this is an absolute disgrace....Nigel could not have done anymore...2 promotions in two seasons....15th in the prem, playing good football, bringing the youth through...nige was doing a fantastic job, and we had turned the corner in the league!...now we have a guy who doesn't no the team and has no experience of English football!....I've a good mind to throw my season ticket in the dustbin!...absolute disgrace!...

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12:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13 CharlieGeorgesMissingFinger says…

**** off Cortese you are an absolute ****

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12:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13 margie933 says…

I can't believe it. What a smack in the face for a man who has worked so hard for the club. Just when things were getting better. Whoever snaps up Nigel will be very lucky to have him. I wish him Good Luck & Success in the future.

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12:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St Retford says…

Thinking about it, Pochettino is an Argentinian who has plied his managerial trade in Barcelona. This can only mean one thing: Messi's on his way to St Marys.

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12:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St. Saint says…

For F*CK sake!!!! Now we have a manager who got 9 points from 13 games and left Getafe bottom of the league. Sounds like our seasons over.

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12:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13 up saints says…

saintlysoul wrote…

Seed house, Valerie, Slugger, Osprey, et al I told you. I told you NA and NC weren't talking. They haven't spoken since Christmas. I told you the players wanted NA to go. NA had fallen out with Kelvin Davis he wasn't speaking with him. That caused bad feeling in the team. I've been telling you all this fir some time. You thought I was a WUM. You thought I was stirring. You thought I was winding people up. You called me a skate. How. Do you all feel now? Southampton has big problems behind the scenes as this evidences. You all think everything is fine well it's not. That's been my concern. This club is potentially heading for downfall and none of you can see it. I feel gutted and so sorry for NA he's a nice man who has done his best but has been a dead man walking for a long time. It's appalling tat he's been ignored by NC he didn't even know about any new signings because he's not been consulted how awful is that? NC is trouble. No inter personal skills. He will rue this decision. I've told you that's its NC who's been picking the team not NA hence why Guly is played hence why JWP isn't. Davis has been played ahead of JWP what a joke - reason NC!!!! To fill you all in even more Ramirez is unhappy and wants out and Ouncheon has doubts about his future at Saints. Well there you are perhaps now you'll listen. Perhaps when people say things you'll listen rather than being abusive, rude and ignorant? Our club is in trouble we should be addressing that rather tha n posting smug comments about PFC - the way things are moving it could be casinos before long. I wish NA well I'm sure he won't be out of work for long!!!!!!

you have a good point here we do not know what goes on behind closed doors and after this it does make you wonder who is picking the team

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12:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Danzig says…

An absolutely devasting decision. We've really lost something that we can never get back. Someone pull the knife out of NIgels back.

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12:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lowe esteem says…

InCortesewetrust wrote…

Good luck nige your a top bloke and good manager, WHO THE F*UCK IS PINOCHIO? NC you have just lost all respect from the fans, such a silly move, I can't believe it, pinochio better hit the ground running, I hope nige gets a good club soon, what dose pinochio bring to our table?

Changing your handle, I expect?

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12:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hedge end bob says…

Nicole23 wrote…

YESSSSSSSSSS!! Correct decision. I am so glad that Cortese has finally seen the light. If Adkins ever see's the Prem again I will eat my hat. Time to move on and get a decent tactician in place.

You tozzer, but your entitled to your opion. Can not believe this of Nicola. Nigel your a diamond and do not deserve to be stabbed in the back like this. A very big thankyou for picking our club up by the scruff of its neck and taing us on a journey we have not experienced for a very long time. I hope your next appointment will have the CHAIRMAN that will treat you as you deserve and it will not be very long in coming. IN ADKINS I TRUSTED. IN OUR CHAIRMAN , NOT NO MORE. THE GRIM REAPER IS IN CHARGE BEWARE!!!!!

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 DBTM says…

Well, I have bought my last ever ticket for a game at St Mary's. Or any other ground for that matter. Professional football will not get any more money from me.

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintAsh1964 says…

Can't believe this, NC hang your head in shame, you have made our club look like a laughing stock, ffs, it's not like we're bottom of the League shipping goals and looking terrible is it, is there no loyalty in football any more, I've always backed NC and NA, but to all those people that said NC is some kind of dark lord, I apologise. NA go with your head held high, you have done a fantastic job at Saints, back to back promotions, and producing an attractive attacking team, I hope this next bloke hits the ground running, cos if we start to struggle again NC might wake up with a horses head in his bed. The King is dead, long live the King. GUTTED!

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 philiprhampton says…

Goodbye St Marys great team good football enjoyed the last three years but you can poke your club where the sun don't shine NC. Good luck Nigel you've been great.

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Cazzasaint says…

Absolute joke I'm afraid!! Why oh why????????

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Peachiesleftfoot says…

Never saw this coming. Very disappointing, this really needs a better explanation as I'm sure most will be at a loss over this decision. NA won't have any problems getting another job in the premier league one of the best young english managers in years

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Skating on thin ice says…

MR ORANGE replaced by Argentinian TANGO MAN! You couldn't make it up. Still, my bet on NA leaving before the end of the season has ended nicely in profit.

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Quayside03 says…

Gutted for Adkins, but let's not forget all the negative text messages sent in by fans during half-time on Wednesday; just feeding off 'the boy Merrington's' view that Adkins is naive and tactically lacking or is there a genuine underlying feeling that a manager with a profile can motivate the likes of Ramires and bring in new talent. After all, we still haven't got that centre half!

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 NewForestSaint says…

Was worried about Nigel Adkins at the start of the season and he made some strange decisions particularly not getting PL experience into the team but its clear he started to get it right recently and we became more confident of survival - this decision shows again everything what is wrong with football in this country - what does Cortese know about English football and English fans - we feel betrayed and he now appoints someone with no PL experience - its incredible and another great suicide note for the club - I feel sorry for the fans and for Mr Adkins - neither deserve this treatment from people who are here today gone tomorrow "executives" who have never probably played football in their life or supported a team through thick and thin - good luck Nigel - will think of you on Monday night - our loss is another team's gain

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 foresthorse says…

And congratulations from all the clowns on here to the Echo for correctly tipping up this story 24 hours earlier. No? Thought not.

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12:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Bpl333 says…

From a Bmth fan... Disgraceful, cortese is only in it for himself... Adkins will be a wanted man, and could come back to haunt you...

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12:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Epsom Saint says…

Gutted, but it's important we all get behind the team and the new manager. I'm not happy, but we've got to move on and get a result on Monday.

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12:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13 seven777. says…

writing was on the wall wednesday night when NA said he was not the person to ask about incoming players.players, managers and staff come and go thats football. i say give NA our thanks and give the new guy our support its not his fault the Don can be a d@@k head.

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12:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

PTID1898 wrote…

Who the f**k is laughing now

Typical, but not unexpected from you, we will get over it, have no fear, your grief is far greater than ours, not that I am happy about that either.

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12:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13 tharg64 says…

thomasupton wrote…

Liebherr family if you truly love this club please sack Cortese now

I Agree

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12:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Swansea Saint says…

First post for me as I really concerned. What do we did learn from the Lowe era? Repeated change and chances taken on unheard of or unproven managers took us to the brink! We are now left with a manager of such repute that he was sacked from his only job for poor results. Hardly a ringing endorsement. Now NA may have had some tactical challenges to overcome, but he had a united team playing for each other, and with enough confidence to express themselves and develop the winning habit in the Premier League, that we were used to in the two successive promotion seasons. We were always ahead of plan and this year should have been about noting more than surviving and building on a platform to grow. This could be a masterstroke, but could equally be an ill-timed catastrophic error. To be fair, Adkins was not a universal choice when appointed either. So now, we back the team to the hilt as normal, give the new guy our support and a chance and hammer Cortese. Wealthy bankers are used to living and dying by big decisions, and this may well the decision on which he is judged and remembered for. NA will always be a legend because he delivered the Premiership. Some other club will gain from this decision.

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12:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13 apm1954 says…

cortese you know the way to itchin bridge i hope one nigel adkins

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12:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13 charm_saints says…

No one knows what was happening behind the scenes.Although sad to see Adkins go we are still in a relagation battle and some of the bad results have been down to cr.p tactics from Adkins. We must welcome the new manager and not boo him!!.I have seen many managers and players go over the years and i am still a season ticket holder because i support my team whoever manages or plays for them.COYRs

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12:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SPIKEISLANDTRADER says…

PTID1898 wrote…

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Skates in DIV 2 or playing football next season . This is the real ha ha ha .

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12:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Berks_Saint says…

Well - that's really taken the biscuit! Nigel Adkins seemed a thoroughly decent bloke who was instrumental in getting us back where we belong and what's more we've achieved it by playing attractive football. We, the fans, have a great last three years - but as for our prospects now??? I suppose it could have been worse - it could have been the turncoat Redkrapp. All the best Nigel - thanks for giving us three really good years. Let's hope Nicola's football nouse is as good as his money management. COYR!

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12:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13 JohnItaly says…

Have supported Saints since 1953!! Enoyed the highs and suffered the lows. For the first time I hope Saints get hammered in next few games with the fans chanting NA's name. I live in Italy and trusting an Italian is something to be avoided.

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12:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintlysoul says…

Lets hope what is said in this article is correct i.e. the new man is a believer in youth coming through. That IMO has to be right. What is the point of having such a great Academy if we still buy foreign players? It's nonsese. Shaw and JWP are examples of the quality players Saints are developing. There are more. Shaw has excelled. To keep him at this club he needs to be around top quality players - like him others are coming through from the Academy. I'm very sorry for NA as he's a nice man and has done a great job ut this change may be a case of the new broon sweeping clean!

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12:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13 devonsaint2 says…

The team will now break up Ricki will be off Shaw won't sign Everyone will be in for Adam, Morgan & Punch. 2 weeks of the window to go and everyone is unsettled. Worse moment in supporting Saints for 48 years...so sad

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12:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13 devonsaint2 says…

The team will now break up Ricki will be off Shaw won't sign Everyone will be in for Adam, Morgan & Punch. 2 weeks of the window to go and everyone is unsettled. Worse moment in supporting Saints for 48 years...so sad

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12:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13 cantthinkofone says…

Utter madness. Where were Saints this time a year and a half ago?

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12:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13 tomw1234 says…

**** the new manager and **** Cortese. **** it all.

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12:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Hobson82 says…

Very suprised. I can't understand why NC has done this now. If he had doubts whether NA could deliver in the Premier League then he should of done this before the season had started, after the WBA defeat or at the end of the season. I just hope the lads respond to this decision in a positive way and the fans stay behind the team. As much as I liked NA I for one won't be chanting his name. Chanting the ex-managers name hasn't done Chelsea any favours.

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12:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ray the Don says…

f**kin joke. I said it 2 years ago NC has to go he is worse than Rupert Lowe. Good Luck NA. Im now wondering when our players start to jump ship. Rumour has it that SFC are looking for an Agentinian translaret £50.000 grand a year apply to NC no experience required.!!! COYR!!!!

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12:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hulla baloo says…

WTF. Simon doing a great job under very difficult conditions, above the drop zone, to be replaced by an Argy who was sacked because of poor results. Hope the next few games are involve protests, even boycotted.

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12:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintmicky says…

End of another truly great era in the history of our club. I haven't been around long enough to have known us be as low as the bottom end of the third tier, before this time, but to have experienced the euphoria of back to back promotions, has been a real joy, largely this joy is thanks to the man we have just sacked. I like every other true Saint wish Nigel the very best for the future, which I am sure will involve great success at the highest level. I sincerely hope that our chairman knows what he is doing, I struggle to understand his decision but accept his ambitions are the same as ours, and he is driving the bus. STID

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12:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St.David says…

Completely and utterly gutted. . . There is no loyalty left in football. I really am in shock. I hope you land a great job soon NA with a chairman with a few morals. Thankyou for everything you have done. It's been a great journey and one I'm sure many supporters will feel reluctant to continue with the same enthusiasm. NC. . . You really are a very ruthless man. I hope you know what you are doing. Coyrs.

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12:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Bitterne Park Tim says…

I always found him incredibly dull........ Look forward to the new guy! Good luck at Blackpool NA.

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12:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ray the Don says…

translater

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12:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 loosehead says…

He was let go by espanyol after a run of bad results? Adkins is on a good run so how is sacking him and appointing an out of work manager improving the situation? Has he watched a defence that's struggled to cope or not quite good enough goalies? or has this all been done & dusted for months & he has been looking at recruiting new players as soon as he arrives? I might have questioned Adkins ability at this level but is this Argentinan an Improvement or will this action be our death nail?

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12:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St Forlife says…

A 5 year plan to getr in the prem - did it in 3 with Nigel here only for 2. Easily as good as any other team outside the top 8 at this stage - 5 months of Prem League experience. Playing football that is entertaining and Nigel has brought a real feel good factor to the whole club. Now here we are again - run like any typical large company is these days with short term in mind all the time. All business heads talk the long term game NC is no different but this stinks of getting results overnight and selling off to another questionable investor who wants to wasdh a few billion quid through a football launderette. I will be forever a saints fan but this is probably one of the most dissapointing days supporting this wonderful club I have ever had. That dressing room must be a strange place to be - suddenly each player is no longer a growing talent but a commodity again. If you want commodities in the dressing room you get mercenaries who don't give two hoots about the badge on their shirt. Good luck Nigel - some Premiership club is going to be very fortunate indeed whilst Soton at least has a manager ending in "ino" so we sound good. Next year lets get rid of the thin white stripe and appeal more to Asian markets - boost that balance sheet and find a new buyer - all this talk about big plans are in my view ..... Just so dissapointed

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12:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SMF20 says…

Hey guys, Brighton fan here, I come in peace. Can't believe this news... From an outsiders viewpoint, this guy would have appeared to have worked miracles for your club. To take you from Div 1 to the Premiership back to back is a feat that not many managers have the ability to do. I enjoyed the banter NA shared with us, especially during the Div 1 campaign, seemed a decent guy and a good manager. Good luck with the rest of your season and hope that this wont have an adverse effect on your climb to safety. Have fun

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12:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Buddy SFC says…

Gutted !

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12:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Jesus_02 says…

bluehants wrote…

WTF I love football and pompey and dont like to see you win (of course) but this and what happened at FP are all thats wrong with football I havnt been on here for a while as he turned it round there . Another good manager sacked, for what? 2 losses in 12 in the prem league what a joke. Atkins will do well elsewhere

I hate to admitt it but I agree with you. Saints where doing something special and htey have blown it now they have lost all the unity and are just an average Premiership club thats part of the managerial merry go round I didnt really care if we got relegated before we where "togehter as one" and as long as the team made us proud I would stick by them. I expect to lose a couple of key players as well this transfer window. Is Lallana, Lambert, Sniderlin and Shaw likely to feel as much loyalty to an average spanish manager?

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12:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Rocket 1 says…

What a tw&t Nicola Cortese is, still what can you expect from a man with a Girls name, probaby dont even understand the offside rule let alone football, best of luck Nigel you done this City Proud, Back to Back promotions oh and not to forget the Wembley win, I hope Coutese's next SH&T is a Hedgehog.

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12:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 harryt93 says…

Good luck Adkins, wherever you go I hope you get the chance to prove you're a top quality premiership manager once again. Shocked.

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12:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13 harryt93 says…

Good luck Adkins, wherever you go I hope you get the chance to prove you're a top quality premiership manager once again. Shocked.

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12:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13 ghk230473 says…

I think we have lowes evil brother in charge, twice as ruthless and knows even less about football. Adkins had his faults but what is the point in changing now, why not see where we are in the summer. I don't think this will do our survival chances any good.

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12:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13 jonnyP says…

mushrooms wrote…

gutted

So when did Rupert Lowe come back to destroy our Saints? Unbelievable!!!

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12:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13 devonsaint2 says…

charm_saints wrote…

No one knows what was happening behind the scenes.Although sad to see Adkins go we are still in a relagation battle and some of the bad results have been down to cr.p tactics from Adkins. We must welcome the new manager and not boo him!!.I have seen many managers and players go over the years and i am still a season ticket holder because i support my team whoever manages or plays for them.COYRs

What a load of nonsense you talk

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12:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hulla baloo says…

hulla baloo wrote…

WTF. Simon doing a great job under very difficult conditions, above the drop zone, to be replaced by an Argy who was sacked because of poor results. Hope the next few games are involve protests, even boycotted.

Oops,. In my fury I got his name wrong. Sorry Nigel.

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12:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintJD says…

Prize for the first person who suggests Nigel was sacked for misconduct. This is a disgrace, just as the Pardew decision was a disgrace. I'm honestly disgusted and upset for the club, fans and most of all Nigel, who is and will always be a legend deserving of a statue at St Mary's if anything, not the sack. His positivity has been a credit to him and, if he hasn't been gagged, I'm sure he will come out with dignity and probably a top job within weeks, probably at Aston Villa. We deserve what we get and, whether we get success or not, this is the sort of damage that can't be repaired or forgotten. Was looking forward to Monday night, now I dread to think what will happen.

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12:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13 TomLockwoodd says…

2 defeats in 12 games, 2-0 down fight back against champions of europe and this is what happens? worse news to come out of southampton in ages, all the best Nigel, you are a LEGEND for what you have down.

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12:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saint Compo says…

Nigel Adkins will be remembered for a very long time as a great Saints manager who sadly wasn't given the chance to prove he could thrive in the premiership. It's a very sad day. The only consolation is the thought that he will soon be snapped up by (probably) an ambitious championship club. He will lead them into the premiership and (hopefully!) bring his new team to St Mary's and probably beat the Saints (assuming we're still there ourselves). Good luck Nigel and many thanks for doing such a great job. But things move on! The chairman is ruthlessly ambitious and believes he has appointed somebody better qualified to take us to the next stage. Only time will tell if he's right or wrong. To fellow Saints fans, I would say this. It will do no good to boo the new manager or even the chairman. In fact it will increase the chances of our getting relegated (as so many predict). The players deserve our continuing support so let's keep behind them on Monday night and thereafter. Football is big business and SFC, under Cortese, are ambitious. We should be pleased to know that despite the very great sadness that Nigel has been sacked. The King is dead. Long live the King. COYR

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12:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Paul TS says…

Disgraceful, Cortese this could be your biggest mistake! You then bring in an unproven manager in the premiership? Thank you Nigel for all that you have done, think the crowd might be now doing a Di Mateo and Chelsea Monday night if game is still on! I expect he will be quickly snapped up. Marcus must be turning in his grave. Also very unsettling for the players and staff!

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12:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Lm once said hello to me says…

About as much loyalty as the Great British public sacking Winston Churchill in the first election after the war!! (Only far more important and undeserved). I have supported for over 45 years through thick and thin, but i'm not proud to be a Saint today.

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12:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13 milton road says…

ONE NIGEL ADKINS THERE IS ONLY ONE NIGEL ADKINS. THIS DECISION IS NONSENSE WE HAD EVERY THING ON TRACK GOING WELL. HIS ENTHUSIASM HAD THIS TEAM PLAYING AND NOW.......... GOOD LUCK NIGEL AND MAY YOU GET A CHAIRMAN WHO HAS MORE SENSE OF LOYALTY THAN THIS ONE

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12:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Rockhopper says…

What a joke-anyone with knowledge of football understands just to stay in the Premiership this season would be a great achievement. The time for further progress could then be made. If we had been relegated then we still had the best manager to get us back up. Fact is the fans and players were all behind the club and Nigel Adkins. This decision has increased the potential for that to change for the worse. Therefore the percentage chance of relegation has now increased.

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12:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13 dadofmy3sons says…

Cortese is not going to be moved by any show of solidarity regarding Nigel, So it will be only for our own and Nigel's sake that we chant his name on Monday. Favourite according to the bookies for the Blackpool job, I hope he waits and gets a better offer. He can do so much better than a perpetually struggling club and I think he will cme back to bite our b(u)m. And LeTiss comments he wasn't shocked! It was good to be a Saints fan for a while....... not at the moment though!

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12:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13 allsaintsnocurves says…

Ok...I am gutted for Adkins and furious with Cortese. If he had these plans then why not wait until the end of the season and see how Adkins can do. That said Pochettino did well in 4 years at Espanyo with very little finances and has a history of developing youngsters. If Cortese sees this manager as the one to take Saints forward and he is now currently available then I suppose it makes sense to get him on board. The delay in November was probably due to Cortese wanting stability until the January transfer window. Adkins was probably told then that he would be replaced but if he got Saints as high as possible he would receive a higher payoff. I was going to boycott on Monday but am now going to chant Adkins name...after that we move on. Together as one!

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12:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Blandford Saints says…

Lambert benched....Ramirez benched......No contract for Puncheon... Next three put the door??? Guly to play (sorry in the team!!) Defender signed??

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12:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Simpleasthat says…

Right now I feel absolutely gutted. I think that NC had made this decision several weeks ago after the West Brom game and that it has taken all these weeks to get the new man in. But over the last few weeks Nigel has proved that he is more than capable of managing in the PL. Nigel - thank you for all you have done. you didn't deserve to be treated like this. You won't be out of a good managerial job for long. I just hope that Mauricio Pochettino is up to the job. I have read some good reports about him. I appeal to all true SFC fans - let's get behind the club, the team, and this new manager. Don't do a Chelski and let any feelings you have about the sacking of Nigel transfer on to the pitch and undermine our great club.

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12:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13 ellaniall says…

What a fiasco! Things were looking up and now we're a laughing stock again. Two defeats in twelve premiership games!!! Is rupert back in charge?

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12:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hythe knights says…

the poison dwarf has no class or clue

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12:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saints_alive says…

Absolutely disgraceful! Adkins is a young talented and very dignified manager who has brought about stability and instilled belief in the hearts of thousands of Saints fans. Back to back promotions, a draw at Stamford Bridge and he gets replaced by an unknown Argentine manager who probably hasn't a clue how to negotiate one of the worlds toughest leagues. Do me favour NC...Prove us all wrong. Good luck Nigel!! You'll have no problem finding a post somewhere else.

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12:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ray the Don says…

Mauricio Pochettino who the f**k is he. An Argey at the helm do they not hate the English!! over the Falklands.

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12:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sarfhamton says…

lambo83 wrote…

PTID1898 wrote…

Who the f**k is laughing now
That would be us. How's your League 1 relegation battle and court case going? Silly skate tit.

We are mate, we may be gutted for Adkins but we now have one of the most promising managers in football. It may be cold in Soton but it will be -10 in Pompey soon

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12:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13 leechyboy says…

Apparently he wasn't the first to be interviewed and he has been with Cortese scouting players in Spain and Italy for the last week. So it looks like regardless of the result against Villa and Chelsea his mind was made up. This is an absolute joke. Dont even care if he does bring success, this is a sad sad day.

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12:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13 ian redhill says…

FFS I thought Cortese had brains, not convinced by this though. Did Do Prado cost Nigel his job!!!!!!!!!!! There will only be one Nigel Adkins, this new guy was sacked for poor results by some dodgy spanish team what hope survival now.

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12:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Swansea Saint says…

Language barrier will be an issue, as will lack of experience. I always wish we could get Hoddle back, as he was the manager that best affected the way we played and improved the players we had eg Bridge and Marsden becoming about the best left sided duu in the country.

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12:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St Retford says…

HANG ON EVERYONE. I feel bad for Nigel but can we all take a deep breath and pause before we follow the example of Chelsea fans and use home fixtures as a forum to voice our displeasure. We don't have enough breathing space between us and the drop zone to do that. Nigel will always be a Saints legend but let's not forget that he'll have received a) a very generous pay off from his long term contract and b) a status in the game 10 times that which he had when he joined us. He'll be alright. Let's give the new guy a chance to continue Nigel's work and let Nicola show he knows what he's doing. He's not been wrong very often. *ducks*

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12:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13 jonnyP says…

Nigel Adkins. Proper decent bloke who deserved to be given at least this season with the team he's nurtured. But while football clubs are being run purely on business lines these are the s#%t decisions that will ocurr. A very sad day for the Saints. All the Best for the future Nigel!!!

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12:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13 steve703 says…

Sorry English football Fans, ANOTHER FOREIGNER. English is suffering as these characters are NOT going to promote young English players. A sad state of affairs For Saints, I Feel For Nigel , Saints have just started to pull away from the bottom of the premier league, now Cortese has done this!

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12:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13 jerseysaint says…

Its a bloody disgrace and i love Nigel Adkins however according to a guy on talksport the new manager is a pretty good manager.Time shall tell. But the team does not deserve to have to play in front of booing fans we have seen how it affected Chelsea and we were able to use that on Weds night. The show must go on.

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12:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lowe hater, cornwall says…

Cortese can do one !! Absolute disgrace iti to**er he needs to step down before he destroys our club the guy replacing a legend is a total joke am gutted for Nigel ;(

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12:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13 aldermoorboy says…

So upset for Nigel, he would have kept us up, the players were 100% behind him. We have made a big mistake. Good luck Nigel you will soon get another position you are a decent man who did a great job for us.

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12:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13 mastershot100 says…

The new manager Mauricio Pochettino knows nothing about being a Prem manager. Championship next season!!!!!

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12:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13 gooner1711 says…

BOYCOTT THE MONDAY NIGHT MATCH!!!!!

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12:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Gridironprince says…

From a Spurs fan living in Hampshire. Nigel Adkins and Saints were making progress in the premiership. How can you sack a manager who's team are climbing the table. Crazy decision! I wish Nigel Adkins all the best for the future, what a great bloke!! Shame on you Cortese!!!

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12:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Rocket 1 says…

Jesus_02 wrote…

bluehants wrote…

WTF I love football and pompey and dont like to see you win (of course) but this and what happened at FP are all thats wrong with football I havnt been on here for a while as he turned it round there . Another good manager sacked, for what? 2 losses in 12 in the prem league what a joke. Atkins will do well elsewhere
I hate to admitt it but I agree with you. Saints where doing something special and htey have blown it now they have lost all the unity and are just an average Premiership club thats part of the managerial merry go round I didnt really care if we got relegated before we where "togehter as one" and as long as the team made us proud I would stick by them. I expect to lose a couple of key players as well this transfer window. Is Lallana, Lambert, Sniderlin and Shaw likely to feel as much loyalty to an average spanish manager?

with a name like Jesus you could have prevented this happening

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12:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13 RedArmy1 says…

saint Compo wrote…

Nigel Adkins will be remembered for a very long time as a great Saints manager who sadly wasn't given the chance to prove he could thrive in the premiership. It's a very sad day. The only consolation is the thought that he will soon be snapped up by (probably) an ambitious championship club. He will lead them into the premiership and (hopefully!) bring his new team to St Mary's and probably beat the Saints (assuming we're still there ourselves). Good luck Nigel and many thanks for doing such a great job. But things move on! The chairman is ruthlessly ambitious and believes he has appointed somebody better qualified to take us to the next stage. Only time will tell if he's right or wrong. To fellow Saints fans, I would say this. It will do no good to boo the new manager or even the chairman. In fact it will increase the chances of our getting relegated (as so many predict). The players deserve our continuing support so let's keep behind them on Monday night and thereafter. Football is big business and SFC, under Cortese, are ambitious. We should be pleased to know that despite the very great sadness that Nigel has been sacked. The King is dead. Long live the King. COYR

THE KING IS DEAD ... LONG LIVE THE KING !!!!! Let's get the support going for the new Manager ... WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY

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12:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Upthesaints79 says…

Strange decision,perhaps something to do with leaving Ramirez and Lambert on the bench against Chelsea as the final straw...who knows? Can't help but think that there has to be something else to this, as to what I don't think we'll ever know for certain as when Pardew was relieved of his duties. Let's just hope that we can hit the ground running with this new guy. While disappointed, there is in reality nothing that we can do about it and IMO we just have to continue to support and push the team onwards and hopefully upwards. Up the saints!

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12:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Mush On The Beach says…

Football is like no other business. There seems to be no sense to this decision from most fans perspective that is clear if we take the comments on here as a straw poll. Thanks and good luck Nigel. I for one am not finding it a funny old game at the moment.

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12:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Baddesley Bill says…

First reaction....stunned :O(

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12:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13 freemantlegirl2 says…

Cortese has really lost the plot now... an Argentinian who doesn't even speak English... the only thing I can think of is that it's financial!! Adkins is our great loss and someone else's gain! :( I really despair of this Club and the decisions it takes but this has to be one of the worst!

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12:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13 olddellsaint says…

Ray the Don wrote…

Mauricio Pochettino who the f**k is he. An Argey at the helm do they not hate the English!! over the Falklands.

What ever happens, the next time you go to St Marys, DON'T mention the war

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12:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sarfhamton says…

We must not boo on monday, look at Chelsea! Mauricio Pochettino Red and White Army may not catch on tho.

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12:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintJD says…

Saints fans face a horrible dilemma over the next few days. I've been quick to slag off Chelsea fans for creating a poisonous atmosphere at their ground and, basically, costing their team result after result after result in matches they should have won. However, I do not believe that you can simply lay down when someone squeezes the very soul out of your beloved club. There are some things that are more important than money or success, staying up or whatever and Saints fans do need to make that stand unfortunately. The impact of this decision is a very lasting one. It means the departure of most of our best players, young and old, either now or at the end of the season, but most of all it is a betrayal of trust. Thank you for everything Nigel. This marks the end of a wonderful era for the Saints and one where we, for a couple of years anyway, did the right thing, with good people and good ethics. I only wish it could have continued.

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12:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13 BRIAN from bartley says…

A supporter since 1945 and a Season Ticket holder for many years, I am stunned! Sorry but I can not make it on Monday. This really is disgraceful,. just look at the way Chelsea have got it wrong by actions of a trigger happy man at the top!. Lose the support of your paying customers (the Fans) and you will end up with no business! It will be interesting to see the attendance on Monday. Thank you Nigel for what you have achieved, you don't deserve to be treated in this way! best of luck for the future.

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12:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13 BRIAN from bartley says…

A supporter since 1945 and a Season Ticket holder for many years, I am stunned! Sorry but I can not make it on Monday. This really is disgraceful,. just look at the way Chelsea have got it wrong by actions of a trigger happy man at the top!. Lose the support of your paying customers (the Fans) and you will end up with no business! It will be interesting to see the attendance on Monday. Thank you Nigel for what you have achieved, you don't deserve to be treated in this way! best of luck for the future.

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12:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13 BRIAN from bartley says…

A supporter since 1945 and a Season Ticket holder for many years, I am stunned! Sorry but I can not make it on Monday. This really is disgraceful,. just look at the way Chelsea have got it wrong by actions of a trigger happy man at the top!. Lose the support of your paying customers (the Fans) and you will end up with no business! It will be interesting to see the attendance on Monday. Thank you Nigel for what you have achieved, you don't deserve to be treated in this way! best of luck for the future.

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12:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Cortese_out_of_our_club says…

This is an absolutely disgraceful decision. Those players go out there every week and perform for Nigel because they believe in him as much as we all do. How can anyone else inspire them in the same way? Le Tiss said it at the start of the season. Best of luck to Nigel and thanks for absolutely everything you have done for our club. Let's see what drama unfolds next...

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12:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13 st.athan saint says…

Nicole23 wrote…

YESSSSSSSSSS!! Correct decision. I am so glad that Cortese has finally seen the light. If Adkins ever see's the Prem again I will eat my hat. Time to move on and get a decent tactician in place.

sorry luv just shows why women shouldn't be allowed at football matches.we've played some of the best stuff i've seen us play under NA. got a horrible feeling where we're gonna end up this season now. Thanks for the memories nige. you left us displaying top 6 form the last 10 games so leave with head held VERY high.

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12:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13 TomLockwoodd says…

InCortesewetrust wrote…

Good luck nige your a top bloke and good manager, WHO THE F*UCK IS PINOCHIO? NC you have just lost all respect from the fans, such a silly move, I can't believe it, pinochio better hit the ground running, I hope nige gets a good club soon, what dose pinochio bring to our table?

an interpretor as he cant speak English!!

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12:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13 WinchesterBond says…

On this crazy day this is the most craziest event of all. Southampton in the national news for the airport being closed and buses cancelled just as I am thinking things come in three's what will be next up comes the news of Nigel's incomprehensible sacking. Cortese's statement has echoes of the Dark Lord and the same measure of cluelessness. Why is it that so many Chairman get the idea that to "progress and achieve our long-term targets" that a foreign coach is essential? Nigel has proved his quality not just over 2+ seasons but also just earlier this week totally outsmarting a highly regarded manager, (albeit not by Chelsea fans!) with less resources at his disposal. Just as so many Saints fans start to see the strong green shoots of survival and Premier League achievement we lose a hugely talented, progressive and personable leader. Thank you so very much Nigel for all you have done, my very best wishes for the future, there are big things ahead for Nigel (and a real shame these are not with Saints) ...and if that is with England assisting Roy please convince him we need Rickie for the inevitable Quarter -Final penalty shoot-out. Nigel Adkins Saints Legend Forever.

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12:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13 MiltonRoad says…

Most disgraceful decision in the history of SFC. I, like many others here, and embarrased to be a Saints fan today. It is wrong on all levels. We would have stayed up under Adkins and could have reviwed the sitiuation at the end of the season. I will be very surprised if we stay up now. But this not just about success but unerstanding how to run a football club. NC clearly doesn't give a t*ss about the fans and that puts him in the same category as Rupert Lowe. I will not be there on Monday and will not renew my season ticket. Our football club has been hijacked. Nigel - thanks for everything. You are a Saints legend!

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12:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13 KingClaus says…

I am shocked. Now I have had 30 minutes to reflect on it and my thoughts are: Nigel have done a fantastic job for the club, Thank you Nigel! This is a sign on how big ambitions NC has for the club and that is something we need to apriciate. Don`t forget the how things where a few years ago. Yes we got 1 point against Chelsea, and we won 3 points against Villa but NC is thinking long term, and if he thinks that sacking Nigel is the best long term solution then I believe him. He has not been wrong yet!

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12:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13 malcher says…

Well, reading the official club statement,they don't know what day of the week it is! Everton game on December 21st !??? Wel I suppose that was supposed to be the end of the world!

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12:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13 soton1980 says…

This is a disgrace! If we were bottom of the league then I could understand it, but we aren't and results were starting to improve. Nigel will have no problem finding another job and will always be a legend in my opinion. I reckon we'll be seeing him back in the Premier division sooner rather than later, it's just sad that his journey with us has been cut short. I've always had faith in Cortese, despite some seemingly odd decisions in the past, but this is really testing that faith. I'm really gutted, but hope Cortese proves us all wrong...

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12:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saints4life says…

A bad decision? Only time will but there was no reason to sack Adkins he had just started turning things around and i am now worried about the direction the club is heading. Sacking managers all the time and bringing in a foreign manager who only has 3 years of experience in which he got sack because the team were bottom of the league. Although i think it is completely the wrong decision, we as fans must stay in full support of our team and not boo the new manager and boycott games.... We aren't Chelsea and we don't want thinks to turn sour like it has down there.

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12:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13 MGRA says…

Any rumours about Adkins will be lies made up and spread by the club. Thats exactly what happened to Pardew. All the rumours were total BS and they started at the club. This is simply a case of a man who knows jack-sh1t about football being in charge of a club and just exercising his rights to do what the hell he likes. The adoration he got from some on here always baffled me and I know my inside knowledge was ridiculed but I take no pleasure in this evidence of his arrogance. Nigel would have kept us up and we had momentum building. Now the players have to adapt to a new coach who does not speak english and whose country we may soon be at war with. Nicola, in case any are in doubt, is a fool and may have just cost us a second season in the Premier League.

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12:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13 InCortesewetrust says…

Iv had a mone now, get behind pinochio he is now our manager, he might be a very good coach, its not his fault adkins was sacked, he probably has more knowledge of the pool of talent in Europe than nige, we might see some great additions to our team,

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12:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13 loosehead says…

sarfhamton wrote…

lambo83 wrote…

PTID1898 wrote…

Who the f**k is laughing now
That would be us. How's your League 1 relegation battle and court case going? Silly skate tit.
We are mate, we may be gutted for Adkins but we now have one of the most promising managers in football. It may be cold in Soton but it will be -10 in Pompey soon

Swindon heading for admin. Do you think they'll be happy if they get hit with a worse penalty than Pompey as they did before? Adkins knew in the Championship our defence had to be strengthened & he/we didn't do it? I don't know how it worked between Adkins & Cortese but if Adkins pointed out the players he wanted & Cortese got them then I can see exactly where Cortese's coming from but I do hope this guy has been on hold & has been watching us to see exactly where he needs to strengthen & not just come here with out a clue about the team

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12:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sburman says…

Professional Football - Full of Players and managers I have never heard of with names I cannot pronounce. There will always be a space for you all at The Silverlake Stadium

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12:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Saint Joe says…

All the best Nigel, sorry to see you go, you will be better off working for a decent chairman,than this NASTY GIT.!!! What it wants is everybody to boycott Mondays game and all watch the game on TV, lets have a bit of Fan Power and show this chairman we are not happy with the Italian Mafia way of doing things Just think a nearly empty ground with Sky TV there , would make a good talking point for TV, Hey........this is a sad day for SFC

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12:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintmicky says…

sarfhamton wrote…

We must not boo on monday, look at Chelsea! Mauricio Pochettino Red and White Army may not catch on tho.

This is true, no booing! Plenty of 'THERES ONLY ONE NIGEL ADKINS' is in order though! STID

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12:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13 wotsupdoc says…

Bournemouth based Pompey fan here (in peace) What a mad & stupid decision !! Thought you guys would be fine this season & easily stay up, esp with recent results, but now ? mmmm? I'd be very worried. This will surely upset the players so it will be interesting to see their reaction.

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12:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hedgeenddan says…

Don't agree with the decision at all but we must still get behind this new guy as at then end of the day it's not his fault cortese sacked Adkins, and hey let's not forget this was the same sort of reaction we had after pardew was sacked and look what happened after that

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12:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13 TheSaintsMan says…

I want to cry. I am embarrassed to be a fan of Southampton. Cortese is a disgrace and I hope he crashes his car in the snow. Long live Nigel Adkins, he is one of the greatest managers we have ever had. I hope his endeavours are successful in whatever he does. Who is this new manager? I have never heard of him and what has he done that his made him successful? This is a disgrace.

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12:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13 TheFatLadySings says…

Unbelievable! Bring back Lord Lowe and Wiggers!

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12:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13 RedArmy1 says…

sarfhamton wrote…

We must not boo on monday, look at Chelsea! Mauricio Pochettino Red and White Army may not catch on tho.

FORGET ... chanting about the Manager for NOW !! LET'S GET BEHIND THE TEAM AND WIN..... and don't forget a couple of beers before the next home game. RED ARMY 2013,

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12:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13 upwherewebelong says…

St Retford wrote…

HANG ON EVERYONE. I feel bad for Nigel but can we all take a deep breath and pause before we follow the example of Chelsea fans and use home fixtures as a forum to voice our displeasure. We don't have enough breathing space between us and the drop zone to do that. Nigel will always be a Saints legend but let's not forget that he'll have received a) a very generous pay off from his long term contract and b) a status in the game 10 times that which he had when he joined us. He'll be alright. Let's give the new guy a chance to continue Nigel's work and let Nicola show he knows what he's doing. He's not been wrong very often. *ducks*

superb attempt at being controversial - i'm not going to bite and criticise you. Instead i'm just going to add an attempt at a balanced review of NA. He was immensely succesfull in taking us from the depths of League 1 to the Prem quicker than I'd ever hoped. He focused on bringing through young players which was brilliant however, He was in my opinion rubbish at transfers as he was not focused enough on bringing in the right players in positions where strength in depth was required. Cortese is a muppet for sacking NA and in my opinion if this backfires we ALL NEED TO UNITE and drive him out of the club.

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12:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13 mitch76 says…

Cortese is a complete ****!!! he obviously knows very little about football. now we have a bloke in charge no one has heard of but he's just been sacked because his teal were bottom of the league. I cant believe Adkins has been sacked he was the best manager Saints had in a long time. Cortese what a Cu*t

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12:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ross123 says…

yep this is a joke! nigel will be a saint forever, but if this new guy gets us on a winning run and also drops guly! lol then happy days! however if we start a losing run then cortese need shooting!

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12:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13 mustard says…

it's done ! get behind the new guy and support the saints. Don't do what the Chelsa fans have done and make St Marys a fortress for the away team.....

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12:49pm Fri 18 Jan 13 On The Bus says…

Absolutely gobsmacked. Hasn't sunk in yet. All the best to Nigel. You wont be out of work long, 'your stock is high'.

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12:49pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Saint Joe says…

All the best Nigel, sorry to see you go, you will be better off working for a decent chairman,than this NASTY GIT.!!! What it wants is everybody to boycott Mondays game and all watch the game on TV, lets have a bit of Fan Power and show this chairman we are not happy with the Italian Mafia way of doing things Just think a nearly empty ground with Sky TV there , would make a good talking point for TV, Hey........this is a sad day for SFC

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12:49pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Barcelona Saint says…

What a joke! Corleone just has to be in the spotlight doesn't he after a while? Idiot. Pochettino is an unproven manager who has done nothing. He did nothing with lowly Espanyol, winning less than a 3rd of their games. Can't believe it's happening again, and in the most important year!

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12:49pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SFC1976 says…

Jesus Christ what is going on lost 2 in 12 what more can the manager do for his first year in the Prem. Been watching the Saints for 30 years now and I can Honestly say this is the first time I really do not want to go to the game on Monday I am gutted. If we are not careful we will end up in the same state Chelsea are in at the moment Cortese is mental I have a feeling he maybe losing the plot. For the first time in 10 years the club was heading in the right direction good manager the team was improving every week the fans were behind the manager and the team. I love Southampton Football Club with all Heart but yet again we bring shame on ourselves. One word. Stunned.

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12:49pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

Not looking forward to my trip to Manchester United now. I hope this guy proves he is worth the upset this will cause amongst the fans. We could have a Rafa Benitez situation here.

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12:49pm Fri 18 Jan 13 InCortesewetrust says…

MGRA wrote…

Any rumours about Adkins will be lies made up and spread by the club. Thats exactly what happened to Pardew. All the rumours were total BS and they started at the club. This is simply a case of a man who knows jack-sh1t about football being in charge of a club and just exercising his rights to do what the hell he likes. The adoration he got from some on here always baffled me and I know my inside knowledge was ridiculed but I take no pleasure in this evidence of his arrogance. Nigel would have kept us up and we had momentum building. Now the players have to adapt to a new coach who does not speak english and whose country we may soon be at war with. Nicola, in case any are in doubt, is a fool and may have just cost us a second season in the Premier League.

Pardew was trying to insert his penis into the players wife's vaginas, true story,

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12:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lowe hater, cornwall says…

RedArmy1 wrote…

saint Compo wrote…

Nigel Adkins will be remembered for a very long time as a great Saints manager who sadly wasn't given the chance to prove he could thrive in the premiership. It's a very sad day. The only consolation is the thought that he will soon be snapped up by (probably) an ambitious championship club. He will lead them into the premiership and (hopefully!) bring his new team to St Mary's and probably beat the Saints (assuming we're still there ourselves). Good luck Nigel and many thanks for doing such a great job. But things move on! The chairman is ruthlessly ambitious and believes he has appointed somebody better qualified to take us to the next stage. Only time will tell if he's right or wrong. To fellow Saints fans, I would say this. It will do no good to boo the new manager or even the chairman. In fact it will increase the chances of our getting relegated (as so many predict). The players deserve our continuing support so let's keep behind them on Monday night and thereafter. Football is big business and SFC, under Cortese, are ambitious. We should be pleased to know that despite the very great sadness that Nigel has been sacked. The King is dead. Long live the King. COYR
THE KING IS DEAD ... LONG LIVE THE KING !!!!! Let's get the support going for the new Manager ... WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY

F**k the new manager lets get a get Cortese out petition going the new man will take us down unbelievable decision

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12:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Radiochicken says…

Not made comments on this forum before But have to say Nigel has been a breath of fresh air to our club and I am stunned at this decision . He will be snapped up by some very lucky Club .Supported this club since the Terry Paine days , unfortunately we are now going to have to move on , onwards and upwards Nigel, will always look out for your progress .

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12:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Radiochicken says…

Not made comments on this forum before But have to say Nigel has been a breath of fresh air to our club and I am stunned at this decision . He will be snapped up by some very lucky Club .Supported this club since the Terry Paine days , unfortunately we are now going to have to move on , onwards and upwards Nigel, will always look out for your progress .

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12:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Radiochicken says…

Not made comments on this forum before But have to say Nigel has been a breath of fresh air to our club and I am stunned at this decision . He will be snapped up by some very lucky Club .Supported this club since the Terry Paine days , unfortunately we are now going to have to move on , onwards and upwards Nigel, will always look out for your progress .

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12:51pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Harold K Steptoe says…

Sacked by Espanyol after poor results, top man then. Sounds more of a yes man and will work with the players NC picks. Hope Nigel goes on to bigger and better things and makes NC regret this.

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12:51pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

Shame on you Mr Cortese.

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12:51pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Oliver Saints Fans says…

Totally gutted and shocked, what more does a manager have to do, 2 back to back promotions 15th in the league. Shameful day for Southampton FC. I wish Nigel all the best for his future. You will certainly be missed by many if not all Saints Fans!

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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 loadcee says…

No Decency left in football . A new manager out of work since November for bad results with Barcelona's other team. Staggering decision , Adkins was the best Saints manager since Strachan and i thank him for the great days of the last 2 seasons . Not feeling confident about Saints future can see some rocky roads ahead unfortunately.

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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 upwherewebelong says…

Little Hitler wrote…

Very very regrettable, thank you Nigel for everything you've done for Southampton FC. BUT, there's clearly a plan to move on to bigger things and the Chairman wants a higher profile manager who can attract the best players in Europe. It's not right, it's not fair but the best analogy is the 'Saints players for England' thing, they just get picked. Cortese is trying to kick us on to the next level and we have to support him. No Chelsea type histrionics please, that will do no good for anyone other than our rivals. All the very best Nigel, a true Saints legend!

BUT surely Pochettino is not higher profile. I'd never heard of him before today. The more I think about it the more I think Cortese is trying to screw the club and undo all the progress made. Don't yet know why he would make this decision but what I am certain about is Cortese is a first class idiot and clueless about the sentiments of Saints fans. Hopefully he will leave Saints very soon.

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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 highanxiety says…

It reminds me of when Alan Pardew was sacked and we got lumbered with Nigel Adkins. Cortese got it right then. I prey he has done the right thing now. God bless Pardew and Adkins. Moaning aint gonna change a thing....

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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 loadcee says…

No Decency left in football . A new manager out of work since November for bad results with Barcelona's other team. Staggering decision , Adkins was the best Saints manager since Strachan and i thank him for the great days of the last 2 seasons . Not feeling confident about Saints future can see some rocky roads ahead unfortunately.

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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 RingSaint says…

Nicole23 wrote…

YESSSSSSSSSS!! Correct decision. I am so glad that Cortese has finally seen the light. If Adkins ever see's the Prem again I will eat my hat. Time to move on and get a decent tactician in place.

If Nicole23 isn't a skate I will eat my hat

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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lambo83 says…

The more I think about it, the more I read about the new guy, the more I feel Cortese has hit the self destruct button.

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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ageing exile says…

This is my first post on the website- which I guess shows how disgusted I am by this decision. This MUST have been on the cards long before our recent brilliant run of results - but WHY??? I moved away from Southampton over 30 years ago, but I'll never stop supporting the Saints. We always had the reputation for being a decent principled team. What the **** has gone wrong with us?

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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

Nigel, I will follow your career with interest. I know you will do well, we will miss you that is for sure.

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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 burtonoracle says…

Cortese says re the Argintinian's bringing on home grown players '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.” What at Espanyol - mid tableish in La Liga? So waht experience and what expertise? Previous reference to Cortese being a little **** was actually an understatement. Incidentally this episode remainds me of my experiences with the Cortese's of this world - never ever trust a banker to behave decently, especially a Swiss one.

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12:53pm Fri 18 Jan 13 oldsaintsfan says…

Very best of luck to you NA . You have achieved great thinks in a short time for Saints. For what its worth –THANK YOU from an old fan (I watched my first game at the Dell in the 60’s) and in my view you will be remembered as one of our better managers (and the list in my time is not too long). I am sure you will not be out of work for long. Like the majority of posters on this site I am amazed at this decision. It is obviously difficult to judge exactly what has gone on within the club (bearing in mind little information ever seems forthcoming) but on the face of it I would suggest that it is maybe driven by the managements own personal financial agenda. I spent 30 years in investment banking so I can quite imagine the thinking. I have been a Saints supporter for 50 years and this is one of the most disappointing decisions I have seen the club make.

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12:53pm Fri 18 Jan 13 CherrySi says…

Cherries fan in peace.....I hate football sometimes. Gutted for NA and Saints fans, both deserved much better. Hope you all make your feelings known, as this has got disaster written all over it. Totally sick of most boards undermining their clubs and taking their supporters for granted. Good luck for the rest of the season.

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12:53pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintsthrough&through says…

What a dreadful decision. I am speechless. How dare a decision like this be made. No no no no no.

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12:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13 mickey01 says…

i must admit some of niges team selections were a bit hard to understand but this smacks of another club where the manager will be just a puppet or the chairman (chelsea)

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12:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13 jaygleis says…

Absolutely gutted Adkins has gone, he did a great job and my best goes out to him. However, it is not Pochettino's fault this has happened and so we need to get right behind him, like we did Nigel, and behind the team to make sure we stay in this great league.....lets not Judge him before we have kicked a ball!

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12:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

RingSaint wrote…

Nicole23 wrote…

YESSSSSSSSSS!! Correct decision. I am so glad that Cortese has finally seen the light. If Adkins ever see's the Prem again I will eat my hat. Time to move on and get a decent tactician in place.
If Nicole23 isn't a skate I will eat my hat

Are you a Portsmouth fan?

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12:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13 thomasupton says…

TheFatLadySings wrote…

Unbelievable! Bring back Lord Lowe and Wiggers!

Don't think wiggers will be back but could see Widley making an appearance lol

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12:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13 PompeyinBelgium says…

Well that's terrific news for Pompey fans. Looks like there'll be double relegation for south coast teams now;-) Terrific odds on relegation from the Premiership at 7/4. Get your money on now! So Cortese is a Pompey fan after all;-) LOL

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12:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13 ottostrasser says…

Nigels done a great job for us but I think he is out of his depth in the Premier League. Despite all the whinging on here how many times have you been to a match and thought what the hells Adkins doing that for? Although I wonder how many of the bed wetters on here go to games ? The reaction on here is like a form of mob mass hysteria. I love the way Cortese doesnt give a whatsit about what the fans think and is brave enough to make an intelligent decision that will take the club to another level. Onwards and upwards.

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12:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13 george chivers says…

St Retford wrote…

HANG ON EVERYONE. I feel bad for Nigel but can we all take a deep breath and pause before we follow the example of Chelsea fans and use home fixtures as a forum to voice our displeasure. We don't have enough breathing space between us and the drop zone to do that. Nigel will always be a Saints legend but let's not forget that he'll have received a) a very generous pay off from his long term contract and b) a status in the game 10 times that which he had when he joined us. He'll be alright. Let's give the new guy a chance to continue Nigel's work and let Nicola show he knows what he's doing. He's not been wrong very often. *ducks*

How can you defend Cortese? If he had done it when we bottom of the league, then o.k. it is justifiable. But now when we have an upturn in results. Total nonsense!. I won't be taking a deep breath and pausing, I will be shouting Nigel Adkins name. It will be character building for the new guy. Let him know what he has to follow. Are you a secret PR man for Cortese? Or just anal. Crazy post. In Nicola we trust! I never have and never will trust him.

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12:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13 tomw1234 says…

lowe hater, cornwall wrote…

RedArmy1 wrote…

saint Compo wrote…

Nigel Adkins will be remembered for a very long time as a great Saints manager who sadly wasn't given the chance to prove he could thrive in the premiership. It's a very sad day. The only consolation is the thought that he will soon be snapped up by (probably) an ambitious championship club. He will lead them into the premiership and (hopefully!) bring his new team to St Mary's and probably beat the Saints (assuming we're still there ourselves). Good luck Nigel and many thanks for doing such a great job. But things move on! The chairman is ruthlessly ambitious and believes he has appointed somebody better qualified to take us to the next stage. Only time will tell if he's right or wrong. To fellow Saints fans, I would say this. It will do no good to boo the new manager or even the chairman. In fact it will increase the chances of our getting relegated (as so many predict). The players deserve our continuing support so let's keep behind them on Monday night and thereafter. Football is big business and SFC, under Cortese, are ambitious. We should be pleased to know that despite the very great sadness that Nigel has been sacked. The King is dead. Long live the King. COYR
THE KING IS DEAD ... LONG LIVE THE KING !!!!! Let's get the support going for the new Manager ... WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY
F**k the new manager lets get a get Cortese out petition going the new man will take us down unbelievable decision

**** Cortese and **** the new manager! We have the right to be annoyed and have the right to stand up for our clubs values! Cortese is a TOSSER!!!!

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12:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13 pgc says…

Thought that once we got that clown Rupert out the door things just cant be that bad again. How wrong can you be ? We go from one chairman always talking a load of b###ocks to another performing a load of bo###cks ! Perhaps when he heard the Chelsea fans booing their own manager the other night he thought that was the way to go because thats what the fans are going to do on Monday night. Good luck at Blackpool Nigel, you deserve much better than this.

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12:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13 PompeyinBelgium says…

Well that's terrific news for Pompey fans. Looks like there'll be double relegation for south coast teams now;-) Terrific odds on relegation from the Premiership at 7/4. Get your money on now! So Cortese is a Pompey fan after all;-) LOL

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12:56pm Fri 18 Jan 13 randre says…

I really hope Nigel reads some of these comments and I hope he realises how much most of the true Saints fans appreciated him. Nigel, you will always be a Saint to us.. Good luck sir. If the club read this, I hope you realise what a pathetic decision this is. You have lost many fans today, the togetherness is slipping and this is down to you. I hope this pays off, because if Saints start slipping up now it will be a disaster. I will always be a Saints supporter but I fear this could be a massive step back, I feel a big part of our club has been lost today. I hope I am wrong, but we have lost a manager who was loved by the fans, I am unsure how I feel about this club at this moment in time. I am very angry about this and I don't think our atmosphere will be the same now. Cortese, you have messed up big time. In Nigel we respect, thank and love.

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12:56pm Fri 18 Jan 13 ukfazerman says…

been a saints supporter since 73. this is madness. thats me done, i'm gone.

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12:56pm Fri 18 Jan 13 three halves says…

How things can change in a couple of days you couldent make it up.

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12:56pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Sainty saint saint says…

"I've got an idea. Let's sack a great, young, up and coming English manager whose not doing too badly, and bring in a failing, non-English speaking, average Joe that was sacked by his last club for poor results instead - how can we fail?!" Would love to have been in THAT board meeting. Cortese, you couldn't be more wrong with this decision. You simply do not understand what football should be.

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12:56pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

upwherewebelong wrote…

Little Hitler wrote…

Very very regrettable, thank you Nigel for everything you've done for Southampton FC. BUT, there's clearly a plan to move on to bigger things and the Chairman wants a higher profile manager who can attract the best players in Europe. It's not right, it's not fair but the best analogy is the 'Saints players for England' thing, they just get picked. Cortese is trying to kick us on to the next level and we have to support him. No Chelsea type histrionics please, that will do no good for anyone other than our rivals. All the very best Nigel, a true Saints legend!
BUT surely Pochettino is not higher profile. I'd never heard of him before today. The more I think about it the more I think Cortese is trying to screw the club and undo all the progress made. Don't yet know why he would make this decision but what I am certain about is Cortese is a first class idiot and clueless about the sentiments of Saints fans. Hopefully he will leave Saints very soon.

Hear hear, higher profile my a***

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12:56pm Fri 18 Jan 13 MGRA says…

InCortesewetrust wrote…

MGRA wrote…

Any rumours about Adkins will be lies made up and spread by the club. Thats exactly what happened to Pardew. All the rumours were total BS and they started at the club. This is simply a case of a man who knows jack-sh1t about football being in charge of a club and just exercising his rights to do what the hell he likes. The adoration he got from some on here always baffled me and I know my inside knowledge was ridiculed but I take no pleasure in this evidence of his arrogance. Nigel would have kept us up and we had momentum building. Now the players have to adapt to a new coach who does not speak english and whose country we may soon be at war with. Nicola, in case any are in doubt, is a fool and may have just cost us a second season in the Premier League.
Pardew was trying to insert his penis into the players wife's vaginas, true story,

total and utter BS, I even know the person who started the rumour. There is not shred of truth about that and it was spread from the club to hide the real reason he was sacked.

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12:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13 slapheadphil says…

I like many was stunned when I heard this. No, Nigel wasn't perfect, we all make mistakes. But he was learning pretty fast. The football we have played recently has been high quality.He also clearly had the team motivated and playing for him. Like many others I fail to see how the person they are replacing him with is any better and he may well be much worse. A bit of a pig in a poke in my opinion.

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12:58pm Fri 18 Jan 13 AmsterdamSaint says…

I have had so much fun as a Saints fan over the last 3 years, I can not believe this. Nigel Atkins brought joy, respect and class back to St. Mary's. This is a BIG mistake. Back to mediocrity. Sad.

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12:58pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

ukfazerman wrote…

been a saints supporter since 73. this is madness. thats me done, i'm gone.

Don't go we need people like you to have a voice.

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12:58pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sk8srsinking says…

Absolutely disgusted by this decision am seriously considering returning my season ticket. When we got relegated last time under the dark lord it was mainly due to keep changing manager. Thank you Nigel for some of the best years as a saiints fan. "One Nigel Adkins theres only one Nigel Adkins"

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12:59pm Fri 18 Jan 13 upwherewebelong says…

devonsaint2 wrote…

The team will now break up Ricki will be off Shaw won't sign Everyone will be in for Adam, Morgan & Punch. 2 weeks of the window to go and everyone is unsettled. Worse moment in supporting Saints for 48 years...so sad

oh dear oh dear devon if this is REALLY the worst moment supporting saints in 48 years I wonder where you were when we went down from the Premier League, or when we went into administration OR when we subsequently got relegated to league 1. Yes Adkins going is mind boggling and unfathomable but worst moment of being a Saints fan I think is an exageration

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12:59pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ronnie Ekelund remembered says…

What has happened to our club previously respected across the country for loyalty, family, integrity and a strong sense of community? Now no better than Chelsea. After the recent run I feel totally deflated.

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1:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13 batesieboy says…

thomasupton wrote…

Liebherr family if you truly love this club please sack Cortese now

They don't. They won't. It's important we all act like adults (except the kids) and these things happen in high stakes, results-driven businesses. We are not doing ourselves any favours with immature, over-emotional reactions. We need to stay on the bus, and hope that a change of seats will do us good. That is what Nigel Adkins would say, too.The destination, and the way to get there, remains the same.

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1:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Paul TS says…

PTID1898 wrote…

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Nothing compared to your problems mate!

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1:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St Forlife says…

st.athan saint wrote…

Nicole23 wrote…

YESSSSSSSSSS!! Correct decision. I am so glad that Cortese has finally seen the light. If Adkins ever see's the Prem again I will eat my hat. Time to move on and get a decent tactician in place.
sorry luv just shows why women shouldn't be allowed at football matches.we've played some of the best stuff i've seen us play under NA. got a horrible feeling where we're gonna end up this season now. Thanks for the memories nige. you left us displaying top 6 form the last 10 games so leave with head held VERY high.

Eat your hat and soon. What do people want - Top 4 place in Prem 3 years after being bottom of League 1? I pay my moneyt to see our team pass a ball and keep possession - probing defences and not shoving it up to the big man and missing out the midfield. Nigel did just that and played with style and above all Positivism - always getting 3,4 or 5 players in the box looking for goals. It took Fergy a few years to get going at Man U - sorry if we are in the age of instant success. Some club - in the prem - is going to be very fortunate

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1:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

Fed up fed up fed up.

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1:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13 loosehead says…

Nigellites wrote…

RingSaint wrote…

Nicole23 wrote…

YESSSSSSSSSS!! Correct decision. I am so glad that Cortese has finally seen the light. If Adkins ever see's the Prem again I will eat my hat. Time to move on and get a decent tactician in place.
If Nicole23 isn't a skate I will eat my hat
Are you a Portsmouth fan?

So not all saints fans believed Adkins was the right man to steer us to safety in the Premiership. Does this make them all Pompey Fans? Yes he got us back to back promotions yet we all know even last season our defence was not up to it. the players bought in wasn't either enough or just weren't up to the task. You can only support some one for past glories for so long. I was saying before Christmas give it until the January transfer window & see if he ( Adkins) is still here well he isn't & sorry but many True Good Saints fans have been saying he would go that does not make us Pompey fans

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1:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintsupnorth says…

The players are gonna be fuming, considering the amount of stability there was. We now have a manger who will probably dump half the saints squad including Rickie, Punch, Spider and Cork. Prem was good while it lasted, and do not think it will be long before NA is named as manager of another club. Remirez was at the ground doing ' media ' work yesterday, wonder if this is the real reason he was there. To help translate everything to the new manager.

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1:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

St Forlife wrote…

st.athan saint wrote…

Nicole23 wrote…

YESSSSSSSSSS!! Correct decision. I am so glad that Cortese has finally seen the light. If Adkins ever see's the Prem again I will eat my hat. Time to move on and get a decent tactician in place.
sorry luv just shows why women shouldn't be allowed at football matches.we've played some of the best stuff i've seen us play under NA. got a horrible feeling where we're gonna end up this season now. Thanks for the memories nige. you left us displaying top 6 form the last 10 games so leave with head held VERY high.
Eat your hat and soon. What do people want - Top 4 place in Prem 3 years after being bottom of League 1? I pay my moneyt to see our team pass a ball and keep possession - probing defences and not shoving it up to the big man and missing out the midfield. Nigel did just that and played with style and above all Positivism - always getting 3,4 or 5 players in the box looking for goals. It took Fergy a few years to get going at Man U - sorry if we are in the age of instant success. Some club - in the prem - is going to be very fortunate

Yes Nicole I am a lady season ticket holder what are you saying!!!!!

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1:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13 shamrockstar says…

red stripe wrote…

mushrooms wrote…

gutted
Nig did start a bit shakey and may be a bit nieve at first but he is learning the same as the team. Saints have belife and a strong togertherness which would have bonded our premiership status. How will the players feel now its suicide! He is nothing but an Italian Banker!

Have Saints lost the plot? To replace an excellent young 'British' manager with an Argentinian previously sacked by a Spanish club for apparent poor results, beggars belief, This is crazy.

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1:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saints4life says…

I am worried how we as fans are going to react to Cortese now, if we try and force him out and he leaves will the Liebherr pull their money and sell up? Please don't let this happen Markus would turn in his grave if he saw the club sold because we forced Cortese out...... Food for thought

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1:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13 George4th says…

Take the emotion away before posting your comments! Cortese rescued the club and has got every major decision right so far. This new appointment is progress and the next step in establishing Saints in the Premiership. (Yes, I feel sorry for Adkins but that's the way life/business/footba ll works)

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1:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saints4life says…

I am worried how we as fans are going to react to Cortese now, if we try and force him out and he leaves will the Liebherr pull their money and sell up? Please don't let this happen Markus would turn in his grave if he saw the club sold because we forced Cortese out...... Food for thought

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1:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13 JohnItaly says…

Nigellites wrote…

Nigel, I will follow your career with interest. I know you will do well, we will miss you that is for sure.

I for one will be keep an eye open for the result of which ever club he goes to. Surely will not be out of work for long -how about Blackpool?

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1:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintyD says…

Disgraceful, Im totally gutted. We've just lost that good together feeling, which is on the bus with Nigel disapearing down the road. No wonder this country cant produce a decent English manager FFS

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1:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St Forlife says…

Sainty saint saint wrote…

"I've got an idea. Let's sack a great, young, up and coming English manager whose not doing too badly, and bring in a failing, non-English speaking, average Joe that was sacked by his last club for poor results instead - how can we fail?!" Would love to have been in THAT board meeting. Cortese, you couldn't be more wrong with this decision. You simply do not understand what football should be.

Here Here

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1:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St Forlife says…

Sainty saint saint wrote…

"I've got an idea. Let's sack a great, young, up and coming English manager whose not doing too badly, and bring in a failing, non-English speaking, average Joe that was sacked by his last club for poor results instead - how can we fail?!" Would love to have been in THAT board meeting. Cortese, you couldn't be more wrong with this decision. You simply do not understand what football should be.

Here Here

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1:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

MGRA wrote…

InCortesewetrust wrote…

MGRA wrote…

Any rumours about Adkins will be lies made up and spread by the club. Thats exactly what happened to Pardew. All the rumours were total BS and they started at the club. This is simply a case of a man who knows jack-sh1t about football being in charge of a club and just exercising his rights to do what the hell he likes. The adoration he got from some on here always baffled me and I know my inside knowledge was ridiculed but I take no pleasure in this evidence of his arrogance. Nigel would have kept us up and we had momentum building. Now the players have to adapt to a new coach who does not speak english and whose country we may soon be at war with. Nicola, in case any are in doubt, is a fool and may have just cost us a second season in the Premier League.
Pardew was trying to insert his penis into the players wife's vaginas, true story,
total and utter BS, I even know the person who started the rumour. There is not shred of truth about that and it was spread from the club to hide the real reason he was sacked.

I think it was rubbish about Pardew and women can always say no if they are not interested what age do you think we live in.

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1:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SirMatt's11 says…

A poorly timed decision. NA struggled in the first half of this season as he was learning the ropes in the Prem. Now he has some experience he is making better plays, I was at CFC on Wednesday and his tactics were bang on. Now we have a new manager with no Prem experience to bed in with a point needed from every game and an emergecy defensive set up. I would have understood the decision before the start of the season, I would not have liked it but understood it. Please do not let us become negative as they are at Stamford bridge, they are the 12th man for the visitors, don't think we would have got a point without them. If you wnat to protest do so after the game with the players off the pitch.

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1:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 mberry77 says…

Un-bloody-believable . Two promotions in a row, outside relegation and sacked.

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1:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Rednick says…

Well, it appears that C*ntese went to the same school as Lowe!! Absolutely gutted but not surprised. No wonder The team choices have been odd lately - now tell me the Italian idiot didn't have a say so!! We have now got to hope that the players pull together and keep the momentum going bit with a foreign manager that can't speak English........! Good luck to all the Saints players and I hope you all stay. Finally, good luck to you Nigel Adkins, as far as I'm concerned, you've done us proud. I wish you all the best and good luck.

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1:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 OfficialSpudUk says…

I don't post on here very often, but I check it out at least twice a day. As a long distance Saints fan, I am shocked at the decision, but I wouldn't say suprised. Things haven't gone perfectly for Adkins, though the recent turn around has been amazing. I think we may have also found it harder to attract high quality players due to Adkins' low profile overseas. I also fear Adkins would have struggled to take us any further up the table then 10th, and Europe has been the long-term goal for a while. It was a now or never, however, as any new manager would need time in the transfer window to turn things around. NC has never let us down before, and though I do thing this decision is slight on the mad side (at least wait until the end of the season), I am more then prepared to give Pochettino a chance. It's not his fault afterall. When all is said and down, Nigel Adkins is a Southampton legend, and will be missed, regardless of what happens!

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1:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 LoyalSaint says…

Words fail me!!! dazed, angry, hurt and disgusted at the moment!!!!

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1:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintsteves says…

TadanariLee wrote…

This is ridiculous. Feel genuinely sick and upset for Nige. There must be something behind this, as it can't be purely based on results. Thank you Nigel - you're a legend.

Why call yourself TadanariLee ? A bit unfair to the player. Anyway as shocking as it is to saints fans, it's good to see so many fans from other clubs sharing their shock and disbelief at the decision. Including Leeds,Bradford and Pompey fans find it unbelievable.

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1:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 batesieboy says…

Epsom Saint wrote…

Gutted, but it's important we all get behind the team and the new manager. I'm not happy, but we've got to move on and get a result on Monday.

The voice of sanity in all this emotion. Again, let's wait till the end of the season, sit back, reflect on where we are, then comment.

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1:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

George4th wrote…

Take the emotion away before posting your comments! Cortese rescued the club and has got every major decision right so far. This new appointment is progress and the next step in establishing Saints in the Premiership. (Yes, I feel sorry for Adkins but that's the way life/business/footba ll works)

Emotion, you cold fish. Football is a game of emotion and passion. You need to get yourself revved up a bit.

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1:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 NewForestSaint says…

Little Hitler wrote…

Very very regrettable, thank you Nigel for everything you've done for Southampton FC. BUT, there's clearly a plan to move on to bigger things and the Chairman wants a higher profile manager who can attract the best players in Europe. It's not right, it's not fair but the best analogy is the 'Saints players for England' thing, they just get picked. Cortese is trying to kick us on to the next level and we have to support him. No Chelsea type histrionics please, that will do no good for anyone other than our rivals. All the very best Nigel, a true Saints legend!

There may be a plan but you need to be in the premier league to put it in place - to say the chairman wants a higher profile manager is a joke - have you honestly heard of this man - apparently he cannot speak English - Cortese is trying to kick Saints to the next level - its called the Championship - understand your limitations work to them and then improve on them - the premier league is riddled with clubs trying to chase the impossible dream and you are the type of person who is drawn in by this type of management and to say no Chelsea type histrionics? In one easy action Cortese has gifted points to all those clubs around us - brainless - should hav ebeen done either earlier in the season when Saints were wobbling or at the end of the season when we had stayed up - tell me just what business experience has Mr Cortese?

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1:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Red n White says…

I blame Les Reed - I have a feeling he's the man in charge of the footballing decisions and I wouldn't be surprised to see him manager of us at some point

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1:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 ukfazerman says…

what doe's this man know about english football and players (nowt). been saints fan since 73, season ticket and all. this is madness and think thats me done.

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1:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13 florida saint says…

you nasty piece of sh1t cortese, i am ashamed of you being at our club, dont you get it stability has got us back to the prem,we tried the fancy dan managers and it got us relegated, this is the worst decision ever from our chaiman, i feel sick from the pit of my stomach today, you have just ruined everything we have achieved in the last 4 years, im gutted, mr cortese you need a good look at yourself today if your honest you wont like what you see.you have just ruined our great club, im going to sign off now before i say something more serious, u t s

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1:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13 NorthernMonkee says…

I feel sick Why have you done this Cortese? We finally get some stability with an honest, hardworking and committed Manager whose record must be up there with what he's achieved in the last 28 months. Why oh why, Silly man Cortese!

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1:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Pogle says…

Brusher Mills wrote…

Thanks Nigel for everything. This is a shock, but we support Saints and must now support the new manager. The Chairman has a plan, let hope it works. What's done is done, it can't be changed time to move on.

Dont think so, way I feel now I shall shift alliegance to wherever Nige goes! at least the man had integrity cannot say the same about cortese!

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1:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Benali76 says…

Ridiculous. I am gutted. All the young players who will one day play for England will be off. Cortese you have lost the plot. Oh well 3 great years and back to being a laughing stock.

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1:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13 TheFatLadySings says…

thomasupton wrote…

TheFatLadySings wrote…

Unbelievable! Bring back Lord Lowe and Wiggers!
Don't think wiggers will be back but could see Widley making an appearance lol

I happen to know a very successful club in the local vicinity who just happen to need a proven League Two manager!

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1:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13 up saints says…

i bet seabourne is glad he got out to bournmouth.will lambo ramirez shaw and punch still be here end of jan

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1:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintsteves says…

PTID1898 wrote…

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Maybe funny to you but I'd enjoy ur life as if you really are Pompey till u die.... The end is nigh mush ! Rather lose a manager than a whole club lol what a knob :-) Anyway as shocking as it is to saints fans, it's good to see so many fans from other clubs sharing their shock and disbelief at the decision. Including Leeds,Bradford and Pompey fans find it unbelievable.

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1:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Thornhill Saint says…

lowe hater, cornwall wrote…

RedArmy1 wrote…

saint Compo wrote…

Nigel Adkins will be remembered for a very long time as a great Saints manager who sadly wasn't given the chance to prove he could thrive in the premiership. It's a very sad day. The only consolation is the thought that he will soon be snapped up by (probably) an ambitious championship club. He will lead them into the premiership and (hopefully!) bring his new team to St Mary's and probably beat the Saints (assuming we're still there ourselves). Good luck Nigel and many thanks for doing such a great job. But things move on! The chairman is ruthlessly ambitious and believes he has appointed somebody better qualified to take us to the next stage. Only time will tell if he's right or wrong. To fellow Saints fans, I would say this. It will do no good to boo the new manager or even the chairman. In fact it will increase the chances of our getting relegated (as so many predict). The players deserve our continuing support so let's keep behind them on Monday night and thereafter. Football is big business and SFC, under Cortese, are ambitious. We should be pleased to know that despite the very great sadness that Nigel has been sacked. The King is dead. Long live the King. COYR
THE KING IS DEAD ... LONG LIVE THE KING !!!!! Let's get the support going for the new Manager ... WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY
F**k the new manager lets get a get Cortese out petition going the new man will take us down unbelievable decision

Probably the worst idea to come out yet. Do you have any new backers? It's upsetting but football is ruthless.

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1:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13 northernsaint70 says…

Today I am ashamed to be a supporter of Southampton Football Club!!!! To sack Nigel Atkins now is an absolute disgrace!!! I admit I had doubts after the first few games of the season but Nigel has slowly but surely steered us towards safety. We still had a tough road ahead of us but to sack him now after Wednesday's result is a disgrace. From League One to Premiership in two years is a fantastic job Good luck for the future Nigel and Cortese hang your head in shame you are embarrassing!!!! If we end up in the Championship we will know where the blame lies!!!! Sad Day!!!!

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1:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13 willygetaway says…

OK Guys i,ve taken it in and huffed and puffed. i,m am DISGUSTED with what Saints have done, But its done. i thought to myself how can i show my disgust boycott a few matches or more ? then the Other question popped into my mind has Cortese made a really bad decision as far as management is concerned.? how did you feel when Pardew was sacked ? at the time of the sacking who would you have had to take saints forward Pardew or Atkins? now Nigel has been sacked for Pochettino do we act like chelski ? i dont want to be like Chelsea and Boo its negative, and feeds through to the team. Today Saints LOST the moral high ground, and i dont like it

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1:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Saintsteve7 says…

St Retford wrote…

HANG ON EVERYONE. I feel bad for Nigel but can we all take a deep breath and pause before we follow the example of Chelsea fans and use home fixtures as a forum to voice our displeasure. We don't have enough breathing space between us and the drop zone to do that. Nigel will always be a Saints legend but let's not forget that he'll have received a) a very generous pay off from his long term contract and b) a status in the game 10 times that which he had when he joined us. He'll be alright. Let's give the new guy a chance to continue Nigel's work and let Nicola show he knows what he's doing. He's not been wrong very often. *ducks*

Thanks! I needed that moment of clarity. This could be genius or total suicide, I guess we'll just have to wait and see. One thing is for sure, this will give our rivals a big boost.

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1:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintsupnorth says…

Even Pompey fans are puzzled, that's how stupid this situation is. When your closest rivals agree with what your saying!.

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1:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hopkins-SFC says…

'Drop the oars, step off the bus, Taxi for Nige, in Pochettino we Trust!' Let's remember that despite whether it may be the morally wrong decision, we are here to support a team, most are fickle and if Pochettino attracts big names and brings in results most will be eager to forget, just like the Pardew situation, which did turn out to be for the best! Though a large portion of fans are quick to slate Gully, so I'm sure a slect few of those haters will be fickle enough to give Pochettino the backing if he drops him. Simply wish Adkins luck, he will be missed but remember who and why you come to support the Saints!

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1:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13 upwherewebelong says…

Thornhill Saint wrote…

lowe hater, cornwall wrote…

RedArmy1 wrote…

saint Compo wrote…

Nigel Adkins will be remembered for a very long time as a great Saints manager who sadly wasn't given the chance to prove he could thrive in the premiership. It's a very sad day. The only consolation is the thought that he will soon be snapped up by (probably) an ambitious championship club. He will lead them into the premiership and (hopefully!) bring his new team to St Mary's and probably beat the Saints (assuming we're still there ourselves). Good luck Nigel and many thanks for doing such a great job. But things move on! The chairman is ruthlessly ambitious and believes he has appointed somebody better qualified to take us to the next stage. Only time will tell if he's right or wrong. To fellow Saints fans, I would say this. It will do no good to boo the new manager or even the chairman. In fact it will increase the chances of our getting relegated (as so many predict). The players deserve our continuing support so let's keep behind them on Monday night and thereafter. Football is big business and SFC, under Cortese, are ambitious. We should be pleased to know that despite the very great sadness that Nigel has been sacked. The King is dead. Long live the King. COYR
THE KING IS DEAD ... LONG LIVE THE KING !!!!! Let's get the support going for the new Manager ... WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY
F**k the new manager lets get a get Cortese out petition going the new man will take us down unbelievable decision
Probably the worst idea to come out yet. Do you have any new backers? It's upsetting but football is ruthless.

Thornhill you are misrepresenting the facts in my opinion Liebherrs are the financial backers - Cortese is JUST a chairman who convinced the Liebherrs to invest, how much of his own money has HE invested if any ??

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1:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

I seem to remember a similar reaction when Pardew was sacked, but not quite as vitriolic, but luckily enough, that was a good decision, as it showed in the end. I hate it, but nothing I can do about it, boycotts won't help, we have to show that we are better than that, if we want success, this guy will have to have our backing, he didn't ask for NAs demise and must be given a fair crack of the whip. By all means make sure that Nicola knows that he has upset you, it should be emphasised that this is not how we expect things to happen, it ain't Saintly.

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1:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Optimist says…

Same type of thing as with Pardew, no hint of what is going to happen then BANG right in the back of the head. Very cold. That said none of us know what really goes on other than rumours & if they are to be believed then the relationship between the 2 has been getting worse for some time now. "You'll have to tell me" was the worrying reply from Adkins when asked if Forren was due to be signed soon. We know that Cortese prefers the european style of player signings. Goodbye Nigel, we really love you we do. And we are all sure that you will be a success wherever you go. I get a spidysense that we are aiming at a Deportivo style (when they were good), bring in great south americans that have faltered in europe & get them to play under a south american manager in a south american style. Bring through the youngsters with the same style. I expect almost all of the coaches to go other than Dodd too, sad really as we have been greatly improved of late.

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1:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13 St Forlife says…

**** - this has ruined my weekend! I just feel so **** angry. I hope Nigel finds time to look on this site - I doubt if he will but the strength of feeling is so overwhelming in his favour. I just hope he does not feel too down - being the man he is I know he will take stock, shrug his broad shoulders and move on? Good luck fella

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1:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13 scorpioeyes says…

the new guy was a centre back,so he should appreciate our need for strengthening ! Some of NAs tactics were very questionable and regularly leaving RL on the bench was crazy. I think this is a good decision,but would have preferred Strachan back.

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1:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13 milton road says…

Just been on the Guardian site already over 220 comments from fans all over the country. The message from wigan villa and norwich fans is simple all think they will now stay up and we will go down. Messages from fans of clubs from all over the country is THIS IS LUNACY. It seems NA is rated across the width and breadth of the land. In fact by everyone other than Cortese.

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1:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13 tomw1234 says…

CORTESE OUT!!!!!!!!!

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1:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Melksham_Saint says…

Doesn’t surprise me, just sums up how bad things generally are in football today. Absolutely disgusting how Nigel has been treated, he has been the best manager we have had for years. Man Utd were one game away from sacking Alex Ferguson years ago, they stuck by him and now look at them. Pochettino does come with some good references, lets hope he can do it for us. My worry is a foreign manager and chairman will bring an influx of second rate foreign players disrupting the current team. We had turned the corner with goal difference now only -10 and winning and drawing games. What else did Nigel need to do. Good luck for the future Nige! Best Wishes

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1:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Gridironprince says…

Radiochicken wrote…

Not made comments on this forum before But have to say Nigel has been a breath of fresh air to our club and I am stunned at this decision . He will be snapped up by some very lucky Club .Supported this club since the Terry Paine days , unfortunately we are now going to have to move on , onwards and upwards Nigel, will always look out for your progress .

Your comments were so good that they printed them three times!!!

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1:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Lone Ranger. says…

Just like all Chairmen Corteses gets to paid to make decisions ..... {albeit some unpopular} and get results on and off the park. . I can't believe this was an easy decision for him .. but he has made it ...... and he would know how unpopular he would be by making it as NA is so liked. . I am sure that all of his decisions are in the interests, and well being, of SFC and so far i dont know of many of his decisions that have been wrong. . As regards the comments of .. "boycot the next game" .... "never go to St M again" ...... what the hell good will that do. . Show support for NA at the Everton game if you want ............ But i bet as soon as we win a few games .. as we will ...... you will soon be able to accept the decision made. . Onwards and Upwards

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1:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Bpl333 says…

Cortese buys the players not Adkins

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1:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 shirley-bill says…

any saints fan will back the manager , the club is bigger than any one man. lets see how the new boss does , and lets see which new players he brings in. But NA is and will always be a top bloke.

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1:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 NewForestStu says…

I really think we would have been safe with Nigel at the helm......now i really worry about our PL survival. What message does this send out to the team and our rivals....utter madness and disgraceful way to treat Nigel. Still, all those negative Adkins out brigade have their wishes, just hope they remember this in a few months time.

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1:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 chapelsaint says…

This is a very sad day for The Saints family--seeing the Godfather killing off one of the most sucessful and likeable managers that I in my 50+ years of support have known. As a person Nigel was a real nice guy and as a manager he was quickly learning his trade in the Premier League after excelling in the Football League. Cortese on the other hand can only be despised-from this action right down to the penny pinching attitude of making you pay to park if the queue at the box office stretches to more than a few minutes! All the very best Nigel, you are going to be sorely missed.

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1:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Thornhill Saint says…

upwherewebelong wrote…

Thornhill Saint wrote…

lowe hater, cornwall wrote…

RedArmy1 wrote…

saint Compo wrote…

Nigel Adkins will be remembered for a very long time as a great Saints manager who sadly wasn't given the chance to prove he could thrive in the premiership. It's a very sad day. The only consolation is the thought that he will soon be snapped up by (probably) an ambitious championship club. He will lead them into the premiership and (hopefully!) bring his new team to St Mary's and probably beat the Saints (assuming we're still there ourselves). Good luck Nigel and many thanks for doing such a great job. But things move on! The chairman is ruthlessly ambitious and believes he has appointed somebody better qualified to take us to the next stage. Only time will tell if he's right or wrong. To fellow Saints fans, I would say this. It will do no good to boo the new manager or even the chairman. In fact it will increase the chances of our getting relegated (as so many predict). The players deserve our continuing support so let's keep behind them on Monday night and thereafter. Football is big business and SFC, under Cortese, are ambitious. We should be pleased to know that despite the very great sadness that Nigel has been sacked. The King is dead. Long live the King. COYR
THE KING IS DEAD ... LONG LIVE THE KING !!!!! Let's get the support going for the new Manager ... WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY
F**k the new manager lets get a get Cortese out petition going the new man will take us down unbelievable decision
Probably the worst idea to come out yet. Do you have any new backers? It's upsetting but football is ruthless.
Thornhill you are misrepresenting the facts in my opinion Liebherrs are the financial backers - Cortese is JUST a chairman who convinced the Liebherrs to invest, how much of his own money has HE invested if any ??

He persuaded the Liebherrs to invest and they have kept with him even after Marcus died. He represents Katharina in other areas of her business. Who do you think they are going to listen to? Vent your anti-Cortese abuse all you want (Though imo, it's a tad ungratedul for what he has contributed to the club even if it is not his own cash) but a petition is a ridiculous idea.

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1:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13 buster gutt says…

Absolutely Gob Smacked!!!!! I'm trying to find reasons.Had Nigel applied for another Job?I doubt it.Was it the 5-1 loss at St Mary's :well he redeemed himself last Wed. It's our first season here so what does the chairman expect European football this year? Given that we are in the position to get another say 24 points or 8 wins under Nigel we would be safe.But maybe icole thinks this the best time for a new manager rather than bottom of the league which is allbiet improbable toward the end of the season. Expect an influx of Spanish/Italian players to be transferred in from now on.Sadly we have to move on....both to Nigel and the team I say THANK YOU I have seen the best football played by a Saints team for years ALL THE BEST WE LOVE YOU

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1:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintbobby says…

Just awful and very unfair. How will it affect the players. My bet, for starters, is that we will lose against Everton on Monday. I look to the skies and just hope SO MUCH that I am wrong. I am very sad about this and send to Nigel many, many thanks and the very best of luck.

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1:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 batesieboy says…

gooner1711 wrote…

BOYCOTT THE MONDAY NIGHT MATCH!!!!!

Don't be silly, goon-skin.

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1:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13 ottostrasser says…

George4th wrote…

Take the emotion away before posting your comments! Cortese rescued the club and has got every major decision right so far. This new appointment is progress and the next step in establishing Saints in the Premiership. (Yes, I feel sorry for Adkins but that's the way life/business/footba ll works)

Please no intelligent comments on here please. Follow the mob :) Spot on I remember when Pardew was sacked and everyone was moaning about Adkins being appointed. Adkins did a great job but now onto another level. My only concern in this matter is the dopey fans reaction to all this.

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1:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13 mberry77 says…

get cortese out!

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1:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13 up saints says…

tomw1234 wrote…

CORTESE OUT!!!!!!!!!

i agree don't hold much hope for everton now

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1:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13 upwherewebelong says…

Thornhill Saint wrote…

upwherewebelong wrote…

Thornhill Saint wrote…

lowe hater, cornwall wrote…

RedArmy1 wrote…

saint Compo wrote…

Nigel Adkins will be remembered for a very long time as a great Saints manager who sadly wasn't given the chance to prove he could thrive in the premiership. It's a very sad day. The only consolation is the thought that he will soon be snapped up by (probably) an ambitious championship club. He will lead them into the premiership and (hopefully!) bring his new team to St Mary's and probably beat the Saints (assuming we're still there ourselves). Good luck Nigel and many thanks for doing such a great job. But things move on! The chairman is ruthlessly ambitious and believes he has appointed somebody better qualified to take us to the next stage. Only time will tell if he's right or wrong. To fellow Saints fans, I would say this. It will do no good to boo the new manager or even the chairman. In fact it will increase the chances of our getting relegated (as so many predict). The players deserve our continuing support so let's keep behind them on Monday night and thereafter. Football is big business and SFC, under Cortese, are ambitious. We should be pleased to know that despite the very great sadness that Nigel has been sacked. The King is dead. Long live the King. COYR
THE KING IS DEAD ... LONG LIVE THE KING !!!!! Let's get the support going for the new Manager ... WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY
F**k the new manager lets get a get Cortese out petition going the new man will take us down unbelievable decision
Probably the worst idea to come out yet. Do you have any new backers? It's upsetting but football is ruthless.
Thornhill you are misrepresenting the facts in my opinion Liebherrs are the financial backers - Cortese is JUST a chairman who convinced the Liebherrs to invest, how much of his own money has HE invested if any ??
He persuaded the Liebherrs to invest and they have kept with him even after Marcus died. He represents Katharina in other areas of her business. Who do you think they are going to listen to? Vent your anti-Cortese abuse all you want (Though imo, it's a tad ungratedul for what he has contributed to the club even if it is not his own cash) but a petition is a ridiculous idea.

when did I ever in this response propose a petition. I have on others said IF this decision backfires then Cortese should in my opinion resign as you live and die by decisions when you are a chairman or ceo. And yes I said we should let Cortese know we are disattisfied but I did not suggest a petition someone else did.

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1:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13 callcopse says…

I guess it shouldn't be surprising but I really didn't see it. This is the worst decision I have seen this year in football. Nigel was just finding his feet and I felt sure we were going places. Pochettino can only be a cipher. Absolutely furious. The good mood of a free day in the snow killed in an instant.

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1:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Alicesdad says…

What a shoddy seedy way to go about our business.Adkins will shine again. Will stand and applaud him wherever he goes . Football is run by cold bsstards and Nigel simply did fit. I salute the man o f true integrity and great achievements.

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1:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hates the skates says…

why, why why?? why do this now? at the begining of the season i wasnt sure but take your hat of he turned it around. weds result almost felt like a win should of at least saw the season out. i wont be surprised if we get relegated now. i have my suspicions that behind the seens nigel has maybe kicked of over signings and this is the reason for his sacking, not footballing reasons. i know one of our players quite well-not going to say who- but the reason behind pardrews sacking after beating rovers, 4-2 up and cortese said to pardrew to give guly a run out and alan said i pick the team mate. this is why he was sacked. it seems that mr cortese doesnt like being answered back to. this is an absolute disgrace. were southampton fc mate pride of the south we do things properly and dont treat people like this. theirs only one person who needs to leave, so get on your bike and start peddling!!!!!

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1:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintJD says…

At least the Echo has lightened the mood by saying Matt called the club a 'laughing stick'.

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1:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nigellites says…

shirley-bill wrote…

any saints fan will back the manager , the club is bigger than any one man. lets see how the new boss does , and lets see which new players he brings in. But NA is and will always be a top bloke.

Yes we will back the manager but I didnt like Rupert Lowe and am quickly finding I feel the same about Cortese.

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1:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13 callcopse says…

Awful and unfair. Best of luck with everything Nigel.

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1:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13 three halves says…

shirley-bill wrote…

any saints fan will back the manager , the club is bigger than any one man. lets see how the new boss does , and lets see which new players he brings in. But NA is and will always be a top bloke.

Very good point Shirley.

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1:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintlysoul says…

devonsaint2 wrote…

The team will now break up Ricki will be off Shaw won't sign Everyone will be in for Adam, Morgan & Punch. 2 weeks of the window to go and everyone is unsettled. Worse moment in supporting Saints for 48 years...so sad

This is an insightful post!

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1:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Saint Nipper says…

devonsaint2 wrote…

The team will now break up Ricki will be off Shaw won't sign Everyone will be in for Adam, Morgan & Punch. 2 weeks of the window to go and everyone is unsettled. Worse moment in supporting Saints for 48 years...so sad

You could be spot on. Rickie is not cup-tied, and if it is corrected about who has been picking the team.....who knows We need to have the stability of years ago - now it has all become a joke - the only thing that will make it hit home is falling gates and lower revenues.

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1:26pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Thornhill Saint says…

upwherewebelong wrote…

Thornhill Saint wrote…

upwherewebelong wrote…

Thornhill Saint wrote…

lowe hater, cornwall wrote…

RedArmy1 wrote…

saint Compo wrote…

Nigel Adkins will be remembered for a very long time as a great Saints manager who sadly wasn't given the chance to prove he could thrive in the premiership. It's a very sad day. The only consolation is the thought that he will soon be snapped up by (probably) an ambitious championship club. He will lead them into the premiership and (hopefully!) bring his new team to St Mary's and probably beat the Saints (assuming we're still there ourselves). Good luck Nigel and many thanks for doing such a great job. But things move on! The chairman is ruthlessly ambitious and believes he has appointed somebody better qualified to take us to the next stage. Only time will tell if he's right or wrong. To fellow Saints fans, I would say this. It will do no good to boo the new manager or even the chairman. In fact it will increase the chances of our getting relegated (as so many predict). The players deserve our continuing support so let's keep behind them on Monday night and thereafter. Football is big business and SFC, under Cortese, are ambitious. We should be pleased to know that despite the very great sadness that Nigel has been sacked. The King is dead. Long live the King. COYR
THE KING IS DEAD ... LONG LIVE THE KING !!!!! Let's get the support going for the new Manager ... WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY
F**k the new manager lets get a get Cortese out petition going the new man will take us down unbelievable decision
Probably the worst idea to come out yet. Do you have any new backers? It's upsetting but football is ruthless.
Thornhill you are misrepresenting the facts in my opinion Liebherrs are the financial backers - Cortese is JUST a chairman who convinced the Liebherrs to invest, how much of his own money has HE invested if any ??
He persuaded the Liebherrs to invest and they have kept with him even after Marcus died. He represents Katharina in other areas of her business. Who do you think they are going to listen to? Vent your anti-Cortese abuse all you want (Though imo, it's a tad ungratedul for what he has contributed to the club even if it is not his own cash) but a petition is a ridiculous idea.
when did I ever in this response propose a petition. I have on others said IF this decision backfires then Cortese should in my opinion resign as you live and die by decisions when you are a chairman or ceo. And yes I said we should let Cortese know we are disattisfied but I did not suggest a petition someone else did.

My original quote you queried was about the petition idea, Cortese has done alright so far. I was dismayed when he sacked Pardew and appointed Adkins. Unless he really screws up Cortese does not deserve to be sacked, and I will be there on Monday showing that support for Saints. Doesn't take away from the fact I am gutted bytthe news though. COYS!

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1:26pm Fri 18 Jan 13 lymicherry says…

Disgraceful treatment of an honourable man under whose tenure Southampton were establishing themselves as a solid and increasingly impressive Premiership outfit. The football world has indeed gone mad.

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1:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 ghk230473 says…

Cortese (schwi-man) is a ruthless little c11nt............... And es got no time fa grasses!

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1:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Norwegian Saint says…

A F##KING DISGRACE!!! NORWAY IS ASTONISHED AND VERY VERY ANGRY AT THIS!!! I MET NIGEL OMCE AND HE IS A TOP MAN... DISGUSTING DECISION!!! AND TO BRING A GUY IN WHO WAS POOR AT HIS LAST CLUB!!! A BACKWARD STEP SAINTS... I THOUGHT NIGEL WOULD BE WITH US FOR TEN YEARS! UNHAPPY HERE... VERY UNHAPPY!

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1:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sijlaw says…

We all love Adkins and wish him all the best. His enthusiasm is infectious and he has been unbelievable. But there must be reasons for this, these are the only ones i can fathom 1. Transfer window, attracted a higher calibre of player 2. Nige has made some poor tactical choices this season, latest leaving SRL on the bench on weds. 3. £7m for Jay Rod doesn't look great business, he cant play wide or up top alone. 4. Goalkeeping uncertainty really hasn't helped and NA hasn't really put faith in one stopper this season. We can argue that none of these are good enough reasons to sack a manager who has lost 2 in 12 and overachieving with some woeful players filling in for injuries. personally I would of bought someone n with PL experience and i though Di Matteo was almost a ready made replacement, but this is what we've got and we need to get behind him!

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1:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sijlaw says…

We all love Adkins and wish him all the best. His enthusiasm is infectious and he has been unbelievable. But there must be reasons for this, these are the only ones i can fathom 1. Transfer window, attracted a higher calibre of player 2. Nige has made some poor tactical choices this season, latest leaving SRL on the bench on weds. 3. £7m for Jay Rod doesn't look great business, he cant play wide or up top alone. 4. Goalkeeping uncertainty really hasn't helped and NA hasn't really put faith in one stopper this season. We can argue that none of these are good enough reasons to sack a manager who has lost 2 in 12 and overachieving with some woeful players filling in for injuries. personally I would of bought someone n with PL experience and i though Di Matteo was almost a ready made replacement, but this is what we've got and we need to get behind him!

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1:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

SaintJD wrote…

At least the Echo has lightened the mood by saying Matt called the club a 'laughing stick'.

Skysports getting exited too called Matt an ex Saints manager!

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1:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13 jimmy case's hearing device says…

Haven't posted since JPT final. Thank you Mr. Adkins for everything.It's been wonderful. Irrelevant whether this is a good football decision(I believe it it is crazy) but this cannot and should not be the way Southampton Football Club reward our managers/players/sup porters. If this is about developing our BRAND then it isn't something I want to be associated with. I love this club. I do not feel that this is a decision that represents all that is special about SFC. I do not and will not trust someone who is removed from the groundswell of fans opinions and acts without dignity or decency. This is a disgrace no matter what the reasons or intentions are. Do not boo the new manager but never forget Nigel Adkins. We owe him a great deal. Not least for the repeated praise he heaped upon us as supporters. Sing his name Lads and Lasses. There IS only one nigel Adkins! Once again, thank you Mr. Adkins.

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1:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Crispinmumbles says…

FACTS ADKINS P:439 W:224 D:87 L:128 51% Language Spoken English M.POCc P:161 W:53 D38 L: 70 32.9% Language Spoken Spanish In his Stint at Espanyol he alienated their legendary player Raul Tamudo and when he left in Nov 2012 Espanyol were bottom of La Liga with 9 Points from 13 games. You have betrayed Liebherr's legacy Cortese you fecking numb nuts replacing a success who got results with an abject failiure. Now we are in the ****. VERY SORRY Nigel but you were always too good a man for this Swiss Banker (rhyming slang intended)

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1:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Velleity says…

Feeling sick. Literally.

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1:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SaintJD says…

As for the official site's dull, churned out quotes, what's with the 'future vision' rubbish? So are you telling me NA didn't agree with bringing young players through the system? Facts don't back that up. What they do kind of point to is that Nigel didn't particularly buy into NC's 'signings' 100% or agree to play them every game. For Torres read Ramirez. Bets on whether he starts on Monday?

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1:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 deepee says…

April Fools Day has come early this year...

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1:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Norwegian Saint says…

I DID WORK WITH A GIRL WHO WAS HR AT SOUTHAMPTON A FEW YEARS AGO... SHE LEFT SAYING SHE COULD NOT WORK WITH CORTESE. PLEASE LETS NOT HEAD BACK TO THE LOWE DAYS

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1:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13 abbiscuits says…

AmsterdamSaint wrote…

I have had so much fun as a Saints fan over the last 3 years, I can not believe this. Nigel Atkins brought joy, respect and class back to St. Mary's. This is a BIG mistake. Back to mediocrity. Sad.

I have to agree that since NA has been in charge nearly every game has been excitement, not sure how many nil-nil he's been in charge of, but can't think of many. The bus ride with him and the players has been great. NC is crazy (officially certified mad as of today) and I wish NA all the best in the future, he will go far in his career, shame not with SFC, who may have lost a few thousand fans. NA you are a Saints legend and will be aplalded on return to St Marys.

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1:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hates the skates says…

upwherewebelong wrote…

Little Hitler wrote…

Very very regrettable, thank you Nigel for everything you've done for Southampton FC. BUT, there's clearly a plan to move on to bigger things and the Chairman wants a higher profile manager who can attract the best players in Europe. It's not right, it's not fair but the best analogy is the 'Saints players for England' thing, they just get picked. Cortese is trying to kick us on to the next level and we have to support him. No Chelsea type histrionics please, that will do no good for anyone other than our rivals. All the very best Nigel, a true Saints legend!
BUT surely Pochettino is not higher profile. I'd never heard of him before today. The more I think about it the more I think Cortese is trying to screw the club and undo all the progress made. Don't yet know why he would make this decision but what I am certain about is Cortese is a first class idiot and clueless about the sentiments of Saints fans. Hopefully he will leave Saints very soon.

amen, and a bell end!!!!

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1:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13 curtisaint says…

What a horrible person this Cortese must be no sense at all in this did he think we were going to win the premiership first time.I feel gutted youve got my money this season Cortese but you won't be getting it next season. The way i feel at the moment I hope they do get relegated won't be at all surprised if some players want to leave

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1:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

If this bloke can't speak English he will tell us even less that Nigel ever did and that will take some doing.

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1:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13 DisplacedFan says…

It's a shock to us because we don't have the inside track. We don't know why this happened, but it's still our team. I wish Nigel well A good man. he will land on his feet. As for us, time will tell if this was a good decision for the club. It is a business after all and owners can be ruthless in getting the results they want. On some level, it does show the desire of Cortese to be successful. I am going to reserve judgement.

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1:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Sunny Saint says…

SHOCKED & STUNNED! I could kind of understand if Atkins was being replaced by a pedigree Coach that had the ability to take is the next level. However, this Muppet comes with bags full of F.....all! Obviously, I am not privy to all the behind the scenes information, but as bad as things may possibly be, I can’t for the life of me understand why Atkins has to go right now, especially after doing so much for us. I'm afraid that will be one of the many that will be voting with my feet for the foreseeable future.

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1:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13 NewForestStu says…

We must not forget the Sports Editors at the Daily Echo for their hand in this also, all their negativity and all that. Wonder if they are happy now?

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1:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13 true saint 76 says…

Has Cortese ever played football he is not interested in the true supporters or SFC not a lot of difference between him and R.Lowe.

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1:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13 st1halo says…

devonsaint2 wrote…

charm_saints wrote…

No one knows what was happening behind the scenes.Although sad to see Adkins go we are still in a relagation battle and some of the bad results have been down to cr.p tactics from Adkins. We must welcome the new manager and not boo him!!.I have seen many managers and players go over the years and i am still a season ticket holder because i support my team whoever manages or plays for them.COYRs
What a load of nonsense you talk

Actually I agree with charm, think it's you (and others) that need to get some perspective STID

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1:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintsupnorth says…

Internet going mental about Adkins, Currently the most talked about topic in the world???!!!. No wonder le tiss said saints look like a joke.

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1:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13 saintlysoul says…

Will Crosby go as well and Dean Wilkins?

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1:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Saintsteve7 says…

I can just about get my head around sacking Nige, don't like it but could get my head around. BUT to replace him with a nobody is CRAZY and may well cost us our prem status. Shocked!

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1:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nicole23 says…

Stop whining on about the last 12 games. DWDDDLWLDWWD, IT'S JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH. ON THAT BASIS WE WOULD GO DOWN !!!

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1:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Norwegian Saint says…

Pochettino took charge of Espanyol at the age of 36 in January 2009, and managed a best finish of eighth in La Liga in 2010-11. He left the club by mutual consent at the end of November 2012, with an overall record of 49 wins from 146 league matches.... THIS DOES NOT FILL ME WITH HOPE! SIR MARKUS WOULD NOT BE HAPPY. SORRY FOR CAPITAL LETTERS.... BUT SOOOO ANGRY.... SOOOOO SOOOOO ANGRY!!!

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1:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13 alderholtsaints says…

This is a sad day for all saints fans .Yes some did not like him but most did (me included ) . This just shows us all now that football has been lost to us the suporters.I for 1 will never go again and i never thought i would say that !

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1:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13 TopBracket says…

Wishing you all the best Nigel. What you've achieved in the last couple of years will never be forgotten. This is absolute madness. Cortese has really gone and done it this time. Bringing in a manager that took his former team to the bottom of La Liga and he can't even talk English. Some great research into a replacement. If you're gonna replace NA, then at least do it properly.

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1:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13 batesieboy says…

george chivers wrote…

St Retford wrote…

HANG ON EVERYONE. I feel bad for Nigel but can we all take a deep breath and pause before we follow the example of Chelsea fans and use home fixtures as a forum to voice our displeasure. We don't have enough breathing space between us and the drop zone to do that. Nigel will always be a Saints legend but let's not forget that he'll have received a) a very generous pay off from his long term contract and b) a status in the game 10 times that which he had when he joined us. He'll be alright. Let's give the new guy a chance to continue Nigel's work and let Nicola show he knows what he's doing. He's not been wrong very often. *ducks*
How can you defend Cortese? If he had done it when we bottom of the league, then o.k. it is justifiable. But now when we have an upturn in results. Total nonsense!. I won't be taking a deep breath and pausing, I will be shouting Nigel Adkins name. It will be character building for the new guy. Let him know what he has to follow. Are you a secret PR man for Cortese? Or just anal. Crazy post. In Nicola we trust! I never have and never will trust him.

Mr. Chivers, you are so rude! A shame you do not trust Mr. Cortese as he is the bloke who saved us from extinction by persuading Mr. Liebherr to buy Southampton FC. St Retford is probably the best writer on here...I do not know him personally, but he is more of a man than you will ever be. So calm down and support the Saints, you old fool.

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1:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

Alex Ferguson says it's unfair, then it must be so.

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1:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13 three halves says…

The fact that cornetto or whatever his name is doesent even speak english is almost comical.

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1:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13 greenshoes says…

As much as you all or most of you seem disgruntled with this decision, it was best made NOW rather than later in the season especially if the recent run had ended and it was to late to survive in the Premier League, I feel that the comments on here would be very different if that were to happen. Although Nigel has done a fantastic job for the Club I really think he is now finding it difficult, as Premier Football is a very different animal to the lower leagues. as you will all know. Having said that I don't think MP is the right man for this club, if he was that good he wouldn't be available!.I think he has got mates rates from NC....

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1:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13 up saints says…

season over now guly will start every game now no i don't hate him.i expect top players to leave in the transfere window now

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1:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sfcsuperfan says…

mushrooms wrote…

gutted

Have followed Saints for 45 years and am an angry season ticket holder and this must go down as the worst decision ever. Its like losing a member of your own family. Nigel has done wonders the past few seasons and is now finding his feet in the Premier. The players all play for him and he is loved by the crowd. Senseless to change mid season oh dear oh dear. Marcus must be turning over in his grave Nigel we love you , thanks for everything we wish you well.

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1:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13 malcher says…

Please fellow Saints fansdo not turn St Marys into Stanford Bridge. What's done is done. None of us like it, but we still have to get behind out team and the new manager

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1:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Scunthorpe United says…

NC should have gone and not NA. My support for Soton. will now subside owing to this act of idiocy,

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1:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13 st1halo says…

MGRA wrote…

Any rumours about Adkins will be lies made up and spread by the club. Thats exactly what happened to Pardew. All the rumours were total BS and they started at the club. This is simply a case of a man who knows jack-sh1t about football being in charge of a club and just exercising his rights to do what the hell he likes. The adoration he got from some on here always baffled me and I know my inside knowledge was ridiculed but I take no pleasure in this evidence of his arrogance. Nigel would have kept us up and we had momentum building. Now the players have to adapt to a new coach who does not speak english and whose country we may soon be at war with. Nicola, in case any are in doubt, is a fool and may have just cost us a second season in the Premier League.

So according to you NC has had nothing to do with our ressurection as a club and our rise to the pinnacle of English Football .. i.e the PL ??? STID

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1:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13 hates the skates says…