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4:27pm Friday 18th January 2013

Pochettino wants to win over fans with 'hard work and honesty'

NEW SAINTS manager Mauricio Pochettino promised to try and win over his club's fans with ''hard work and honesty'' after his whirlwind appointment.

The little-known 40-year-old replaced Nigel Adkins in the St Mary's hot-seat this morning, with the popular Adkins sacked despite taking the club to 15th in the Premier League after back-to-back promotions.

The new Saints manger faced the press at St. Mary's this afternoon and is well aware he has to win over fans unhappy at the departure of Nigel Adkins.

The former Espanyol manager spoke largely through an interpreter, but did say in English: ''I am very happy to be here in this amazing weather. It happened quickly, small details are not important, it's important I'm here at this project and club.''

He added in Spanish: ''They have done really well in the Premiership. In Spain we follow it closely. I am a great admirer of English football and am happy to be here.''

Pochettino, a 20-cap Argentina international in his playing days, added he had spoken to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho about the move, while conceding he has to address the issue of supporter unrest.

''The challenge is to be part of this project, the kindness of the supporters is the biggest challenge I have,'' he said at a news conference.

''They are the biggest part of this club and I hope I can convince them with honest and hard work.

''I am very passionate about the Premier League. I have seen many games, the Premier League is an attractive league and I have spoken to people at length about it, people such as Jose Mourinho, who is a good friend of mine.

''He told me the best football in the world is being played here.''

In making the decision, executive chairman Nicola Cortese said in a statement he was looking at the long-term future of the club.

Saints drew 2-2 at European champions Chelsea on Wednesday night - a considerable feat seeing as they were in the League One relegation zone when Adkins took the job in September 2010.

Comments(217)

Comments(217)

J7junctionseven says...
4:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Welcome to Southampton Maurichio and good luck. COYR

George4th says...
4:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13

J7junctionseven wrote:
Welcome to Southampton Maurichio and good luck. COYR
Ditto

J7junctionseven says...
4:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Sorry about mis spelling your name but it may take a bit of getting used to.
We've got Mauricio, we've got Mauricio, we've got Mauricio, we've got Mauricio
COYR

upwherewebelong says...
4:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

is that all Cortese said- "he's looking at the future of the club" Given 95% of fans are unhappy suggests he's got this badly wrong

Littleton-Saint says...
4:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Botchett can't speak English - this has all the hallmarks of a very bad appointment.

hedgeenddan says...
4:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

tbh i like the look of this guy

St Retford says...
4:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13

He's sort of like the Aldi version of Pep Guardiola, isn't he? He's managed a club in Barcelona and has been on a self-enforced sabbatical from football and people have been wondering where he would end up.

I hope he absolutely smashes it for us. Just one favour, though: can we try not to make racist comments about him just because we're upset about Nigel going? Thanks.

sisaydo says...
4:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I have lost complete respect for Cortese, The guy is a complete ball sack. Adkins had every Saints fan believing. I would like to see the Liebherr family sack the arrogant little ****.
I bet it turns out he is a mate.

tinas says...
4:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nothing against the guy, of course, but if it takes him failing to keep us up for the Liebherr family to get rid of Cortese, then so be it.

Fides says...
4:51pm Fri 18 Jan 13

upwherewebelong wrote:
is that all Cortese said- "he's looking at the future of the club" Given 95% of fans are unhappy suggests he's got this badly wrong
Thankfully, 95 per cent of Saints fans don't run the club.

Nigel is a top bloke, possibly even future England manager, but has gone and there's nothing we can do about that. As Nigel himself says "control the contollables" so don't stress about the change.

Just get behind the new guy and the team Monday night. You can see what happens if you don't at Chelski.

saint Compo says...
4:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

The fans are raging against Cortese and it's understandable that there's a lot of emotion after Nigel's sacking. But let's not forget that it was Cortese who saved the Saints by putting the proposition to buy the club to Saint Marcus. He is ambitious for SFC and football today is big business. He wants to make SFC a truly top club rather than just settling for being in the Premier League.

We have short memories. Cortese will do things his way. We have to go along with that or let him sell the club to some Far Eastern or East European Mafioso. Let's get real.

COYR

JohnItaly says...
4:53pm Fri 18 Jan 13

First lesson he must learn is that "hard and honesty" will NOT win over fans. That will only be acheived by positive results. For all I care players can spend all training days lounging about and the management can lie through their back teeth. If this results in Saints thrashing Everton on Monday all will be forgiven!

Taunton Saint says...
4:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I am fuming at the decision and at Cortese, however Saints are my club and I will always support my team

He has my support he is our manager we have to get on with it.

Thank you Nigel for all you did, and whoever you go onto manage will be the team I look for in the paper to see their results

fred the red says...
4:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I have been following the Saints since 1954 when my dad first took me to the Dell as a six year old. So in almost 60 years of being fan I have learnt a lot of lessons. Here are some:
1. Nothing surprises me in football
2. Nothing surprises me about the Saints
3. There is no such thing as loyalty in football any more
4. Football is about big business, especially in the EPL
5. Supporters are not treated as important by clubs. You can tell that by the lack of information, high prices for games etc.
6. Nicola Cortese is a success-driven and success-focused business man who regards everyone as less important than he is.
7. Any employee at St Mary’s is a commodity, manger, player or programme seller who can be hired and or fired at will
8. Saints never have had a manager ready to come in like this, so it has been in the planning for a while. This must raise questions
9. We are still better off than the shower 20 miles east of us and always will be.
10. There will always be players we would rather not see playing…and there have been many over the years

If you don’t like this analysis, consider the alternative. A certain chairman took us to the brink of oblivion. In many ways he was similar to the current one, except that NC has money behind him. As a club and as supporters, we are part of the process, paying over the odds to park for twenty minutes when buying tickets or merchandise. We want to see the better players available signing for us but this does come at a price and wherever money can be made, it will be.

In Nigel Adkins, we appeared to have a decent all round nice guy who was respected by players, fans and fellow managers alike. However, we do not know what went on inside the Club, though many will speculate. We can only wish him well

I am disappointed that Nigel has gone and the manner of his going. He deserved better than this, and so did we as supporters.

Like it or not, we have no say in these things. We can express our dismay, disgust, surprise etc., but that is football in 2013. Hope for the best, keep the faith and give the players the support they deserve.

Saint Deano says...
4:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Forren Signs! Good signing.

Benali76 says...
4:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Welcome to the Mecca of football MP. You will have to forgive us all if we are not thrilled to have you here right now. We are totally disgusted at the news today, nothing personal. Here's hoping you win us round and in a year from now we all eat humble pie. Learn the language as quick as you can, it goes a long way.

InCortesewetrust says...
4:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Good luck pinocchio go do Geppetto proud, iv heard all the anti cortesse rants before, when he asked AP, and all the super business men out there who know exactly what there talking about said adkins was a nobody and we won't even get promoted under him, can give him some nosh now, as his insight was spot on, I am hoping he has got it right again, so get off his back, if it wasn't for him we would not have a club to support, im sorry for adkins as he was a nice guy, this is why is sucks so much, if he was a big Sam or honest Harry type character then it would not be so hard to take, get behind our now man, he might be the next big thing,

saintalbanssaint says...
4:59pm Fri 18 Jan 13

tinas wrote:
Nothing against the guy, of course, but if it takes him failing to keep us up for the Liebherr family to get rid of Cortese, then so be it.
Could not disagee more....I hope he is incredibly successful at Saints, and NA goes on to good things at another club. I disgree with the decision, but I do not run the club!....Cortese has been great for the club, most fans do not see/understand long term vision/plans

Dasal says...
5:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Come on guys, enough of this negativity.The deed is done. whether we agree or not !!
We now have to show that we support this team regardless of who the boss is because at the end of the day we are supporters of SOUTHAMPTON FC ....Yes !!!
Forget the protests on Monday and get behind the players because they need the fans to show their commitment to the TEAM ..........nothing else.

miltonarcher says...
5:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Joke appointment. History shows, if you cant speak English the result is failure. How can he communicate with the players? Championship next season.

Saint Anubis says...
5:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Forren signs same day hmmmm... :)

Velleity says...
5:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I think Adkins will go on to greatness and we'll rue the day he left. That said, he's gone and nothing will get him back.

That leaves me no choice but to get 100% behind the new guy and the team.

COYR!

saintmac says...
5:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13

As I posted on the previous thread if
we do not support MP and the team
then all of Nigels hard work will have been for nothing and he would not have wanted that. To act like Chelsea fans
will mean relegation - this is not what
Nigel would have wanted.
Support the team and the new manager.
He is under no illusions it will be easy for him.
We have to trust NC. He is answerable
to the Liebherrs and he knows there is a lot riding on his decision.
Forren just signed so GET BEHIND
OUR TEAM AND BE POSITIVE TO
REMEMBER NIGEL.

MGRA says...
5:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

miltonarcher wrote:
Joke appointment. History shows, if you cant speak English the result is failure. How can he communicate with the players? Championship next season.
The proof will be in the pudding. Everton is a must-not-loose game. He has not got the time to "settle in". 3 points and he is a hero, 1 point and a lot of negative vibes towards NC will dimish. zero points and the atmosphere at the end of the game will say it all. To be absolutely honest, Nigel was struggling to cut-the-mustard in the Prem and some of his counter-intuative decisions were borderline bizarre, but, he was building momentum and certainly was learning fast. So to sack him with this timing is absurd may will think. Many will also recognise the cowardice of NC for not being at the press conference.....

Baddesley Bill says...
5:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Following one's football club has a habit of kicking you in the nads every now and again....

...all credit to NA for guiding us to the Prem so quickly...

...let's hope this MASSIVE gamble pays off for NC and our Club...

...I'll continue to give my Club all the backing I can. COYR

saintsupnorth says...
5:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13

if we get relegated back to the championship the first thing this manager will do is look for another job. Whereas NA would have stuck with it and got us back up again. All i can say is NC has just reinstalled the revolving Managerial Door.

J7junctionseven says...
5:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Now we have a new manager and player to give a warm welcome to on Monday. We all know NC is ruthless but you have to hand it to him....he knows how to run a business and he has always said from the outset that Southampton is his baby. People don't normally hurt their own babies do they?
Welcome to Southampton Mr Forren and good luck

Little Hitler says...
5:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Saint Anubis wrote:
Forren signs same day hmmmm... :)
Now that's more concerning for me!

Who wanted him, Adkins, Cortese, the new guy?

Confucious says...
5:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13

The king is dead.

Long live the King!

JohnItaly says...
5:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Saint Deano wrote:
Forren Signs! Good signing.
Clearly the Forren signing announcement was delayed until after NA's sacking. This suggests to me NA knew is fate a couple of days ago. If this is the case I admire his dignity.

Saint Anubis says...
5:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Little Hitler wrote:
Saint Anubis wrote:
Forren signs same day hmmmm... :)
Now that's more concerning for me!

Who wanted him, Adkins, Cortese, the new guy?
Exactly, and did Forren actally even talk to Adkins?, or is this just a signing to keep the fans slghtly distracted

SupportTheSaints says...
5:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I HOPE WE NOW GO DOWN
I REALLY HOPE WE GO DOWN
I KNOW WE WILL
IM SURE WE WILL
WERE GOING F****** DOWN

asiasaint says...
5:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Cortese may be brutal and ruthless, but may also be the most misunderstood. Many were puzzled when Pardew got the sack and although the respond wasn't as livid as this one, many doubted Adkins capability then. Look at what happenned... 2 promotions. Give the new guy a chance... Adkins has done well but to be honest there were a few occassions he looked out of depth in this league(e.g leaving RL and Gaston on the bench at Chelsea)... This move is a gamble but at least Cortese is not new to it! Keep the faith!

bigfella777 says...
5:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13

George4th wrote:
J7junctionseven wrote:
Welcome to Southampton Maurichio and good luck. COYR
Ditto
Ditto

slugger says...
5:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Shall i say it first ? ....... In Cortese i still trust ....... COYR !!

J7junctionseven says...
5:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Little Hitler wrote:
Saint Anubis wrote:
Forren signs same day hmmmm... :)
Now that's more concerning for me!

Who wanted him, Adkins, Cortese, the new guy?
We all did!! Nearly all Saints fans have been screaming out for a decent Central defender and new signing and now we have one.
As long as he is as good as he sounds it's great news especially with Jose out for a while. COYR Can't wait for Monday....might have another signing by then as well

SupportTheSaints says...
5:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13

bigfella777 wrote:
George4th wrote:
J7junctionseven wrote:
Welcome to Southampton Maurichio and good luck. COYR
Ditto
Ditto
Ditto

SaintMax says...
5:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13

MGRA wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
Joke appointment. History shows, if you cant speak English the result is failure. How can he communicate with the players? Championship next season.
The proof will be in the pudding. Everton is a must-not-loose game. He has not got the time to "settle in". 3 points and he is a hero, 1 point and a lot of negative vibes towards NC will dimish. zero points and the atmosphere at the end of the game will say it all. To be absolutely honest, Nigel was struggling to cut-the-mustard in the Prem and some of his counter-intuative decisions were borderline bizarre, but, he was building momentum and certainly was learning fast. So to sack him with this timing is absurd may will think. Many will also recognise the cowardice of NC for not being at the press conference.....
Good post. We as a team were playing the wrong way from day one, and it took 10 games before the tide started to turn.
Whilst Nigel began to get our act together slowly, still some of his substitutions were odd. If Puncho had not scored that 2nd goal I think the dissenting voices today would not be so loud.
I am right behind you Mauricio, and Forren too who has now signed up - and though some are eating Rsole humble pie as he said NA and NC didn't communicate, he also reckoned we had no money to spend!

Saint Anubis says...
5:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

But now we might get a new goalkeeper

Confucious says...
5:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Dear Mr Pochettino,

Guly es Fox est magnifico!
Picko both fe Evertoni gameo.

PS Avoides Portsmouth at alle costa. Absolutes Shitto placeo.

Ross123 says...
5:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

maybe he will drop guly??lol

up saints says...
5:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

i like all southampton fans wish him all the best everton will be intresting 3points please

hedge end bob says...
5:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Saint Anubis wrote:
Forren signs same day hmmmm... :)
It is quoted on Newsnow that Pochettino has been reviewing our club and players for weeks. Reading between the lines it looks like he was tapped up sometime ago.
Did you know his name translated means.... Very little..? ?

MGRA says...
5:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Hola nuevo director. Seleccione por favor el mejor once jugadores que tenemos en la escuadra para cada igual. saludos.

Pompey Sinner says...
5:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I think we all need to remember that sides both ends of the M27 have been, and still are being, screwed up by clueless foreigners who want to drain the club for their own financial gain and whose sum total of commitment is wearing a scarf and having the ground put into their sat nav.

After 2 succesive promotions and a side that look like there at least 3 worse than them, it can only be an absolute fantasy that the chairman wants to 'kick on' to something better.

Whats better than trusting a manager who seemed to be doing a good job in the hardest league in the world.

The worst thing is that even if he does well, what sort of song can be sung about him.... come on - lets hear them....prizes for the most original

Norwegian Saint says...
5:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Interim boss until Josè Mourinio takes over???

saintysaintsaint says...
5:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13

weren't we all shocked and outraged when Pardew was sacked? Look how that turned out. Lets give the guy a chance

Norwegian Saint says...
5:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Another quality CUT n PASTE by the Echo... Quality! Can I have a job there please... I could do it from my home in Norway!

Churchill Saint says...
5:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13

To those pleading with the Liebherr family to sack NC....WAKE UP, and smell the coffee. In effect they are one and the same. If NC goes it's because the Liebherrs have decided to sell SFC and move on. Were that to happen we would be thrown back into the lottery of foreign ownership (Portsmouth, Blackburn, Birmingham.......). As a life long Saints supporter, I prefer the devil you know.

I think NC does have the club's long term at heart in making this management change, although I think from a footballing perspective the timing was very naive.

Mush On The Beach says...
5:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

slugger wrote:
Shall i say it first ? ....... In Cortese i still trust ....... COYR !!
No you are right with your first question mark, show some minerals

st.athan saint says...
6:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13

saint Compo wrote:
The fans are raging against Cortese and it's understandable that there's a lot of emotion after Nigel's sacking. But let's not forget that it was Cortese who saved the Saints by putting the proposition to buy the club to Saint Marcus. He is ambitious for SFC and football today is big business. He wants to make SFC a truly top club rather than just settling for being in the Premier League.

We have short memories. Cortese will do things his way. We have to go along with that or let him sell the club to some Far Eastern or East European Mafioso. Let's get real.

COYR
when he "sold" it to ML it was as " a good investment " . INVESTMENT - a money making venture ( for them ). Lets not believe it was done for any love of the area or the club.

St.Yorkie says...
6:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I am very happy with everything that NA achieved in his tenure. I loved his interviews and the dignity he always showed under pressure. If you wanted a best mate - I reckon you couldn't go far wrong. I felt as though he was everyone's best friend.
The fact is we are all shell shocked but let's be honest there are a few who called for his head weeks ago. Then the question was - who is better?
I dismay we have manager who can't speak English. How many of our lads speak Spanish? Ramirez should be okay!!
From listening to pundits this boy is the real deal. He is tipped to be a top Manager by many. He's young, ambitious and a proper footballer. Gaston will make him feel at home but I worry about players making themselves understood especially Rickie!
These players need to change their mindset - they clearly respected NA and now they need to respect the new man and perform to the same level as for Nigel. After it's a rests driven game and effectively their performances saw NA get the sack.
Prepare for another bumpy but exciting ride - embrace the new man and give him the same chance we gave NA.
To Nigel Adkins thanks for one of the best periods I have ever experienced as a Saints fan. You will forever be a true Saint in my eyes!

Invidia says...
6:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

The headline of this thread speaks of Honesty, in the circumstances that is a joke and as for hard work did Nigel or any of the staff and players not stand around idle I think the new manager ought to be careful what he says.

slugger says...
6:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Mush On The Beach wrote:
slugger wrote:
Shall i say it first ? ....... In Cortese i still trust ....... COYR !!
No you are right with your first question mark, show some minerals
I honestly believe that Nicola is doing what he thinks is best for SFC ........ He hasn't let me down yet so will reserve judgement .

likewatchingbrazil says...
6:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13

SupportTheSaints wrote:
I HOPE WE NOW GO DOWN I REALLY HOPE WE GO DOWN I KNOW WE WILL IM SURE WE WILL WERE GOING F****** DOWN
you will poopey boy you will

thomasupton says...
6:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nicola is going to take this club down just like Lowe. I'm with the 94%.

Red&WhiteStripes says...
6:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Whilst I am staggered and disappointed that NA has been dumped so unceremoniously today, I am curious whether or not NC was worried that he lacks the top player pulling power required for NC's ambition. Mind you,it'll remain to be seen whether this new guy will be able to do any better having only really played in Argentina and Spain. I imagine we can expect to see some Argentine or Spanish players signing though - Villa or Aguerro'd be nice! Also, I'd be surpised if there is much wrong with his English - he probaly chose to speak through an intepreter today to ensure he was not mis-quoted or mis-understood in front of the world press. It's also worth being optimistic that as a former international defender, he might tighten us up at the back!! The deed is done, we must back him and trust the decisonworks out. VMT to NA though and I'm confident he'll back in work very soon. Blackpool maybe?

Santo Levante says...
6:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

St Retford wrote:
He's sort of like the Aldi version of Pep Guardiola, isn't he? He's managed a club in Barcelona and has been on a self-enforced sabbatical from football and people have been wondering where he would end up. I hope he absolutely smashes it for us. Just one favour, though: can we try not to make racist comments about him just because we're upset about Nigel going? Thanks.
Thanks St Retford, once again the "voice of reason". I'm really disappointed by the negativity displayed by so many supporters today. Please remember that we support the team regardless of the ups and downs of doing so. NA did a great job of getting us to this point but can anyone honestly say that he was capable of taking the club to the next level? Can we all show a bit of dignity and maturity beyond the level of the Chelsea morons and not only get on with life but get behind the team and the manager? COYR

florida saint says...
6:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

off course we will support the team and manager but not n c he is a complete t@sser. even the players are gutted how can this be good for morale. eeeefffffffiiiiinnnn
nggggg angry

SaintMax says...
6:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

slugger wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
slugger wrote:
Shall i say it first ? ....... In Cortese i still trust ....... COYR !!
No you are right with your first question mark, show some minerals
I honestly believe that Nicola is doing what he thinks is best for SFC ........ He hasn't let me down yet so will reserve judgement .
I'm with you slugger, and Nicola. Like red and white stripes points out, Nigel could have been one of the reasons NC finds it hard attracting players.
And a Spanish/French speaking manager who will have to learn English quick will be a draw for the better European players.
Who knows, perhaps Nigel's eternal optimism began to rub NC up the wrong way. NC demands results, returns on his investment, if all he gets back after losing home to Sunderland is someone grinning and saying this is a good thing, that would not bode well with his high expectations.

St Forlife says...
6:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Going to be an interesting Monday night.

Saints have played a particular way - with the snow it will be training inside all weekend I bet and straight out for the game against the Toffees,

I just cannot believe anything that has happened today. Good luck to the new guy but what a decision.

What will happen if we lose the next 5 games - will he get the sack I wander?

Finally - how can any club expect loyalty from players - particular the young ones like AL, LS and JWP when the Chairman shows none to his manager. They are just being educated to take the shilling from anyone paying it - he should expect no loyalty from any of them - and can you blame them?

MGRA says...
6:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

St Forlife wrote:
Going to be an interesting Monday night.

Saints have played a particular way - with the snow it will be training inside all weekend I bet and straight out for the game against the Toffees,

I just cannot believe anything that has happened today. Good luck to the new guy but what a decision.

What will happen if we lose the next 5 games - will he get the sack I wander?

Finally - how can any club expect loyalty from players - particular the young ones like AL, LS and JWP when the Chairman shows none to his manager. They are just being educated to take the shilling from anyone paying it - he should expect no loyalty from any of them - and can you blame them?
Saints success recently came from midfielders learning to defend and midfielders learning to hold the ball more. It was clear that with the players we have a the club, the 4231ish formation was working and our centre halves were just not good enough to play a flatter formation. Nothing has changed personel wise apart from our new defender, so its pretty logical for the new guy to spend his first day in charge asking NAs assistant to weigh in big time with advice. Any attempt to "re-shape" the way we play will be foolish and we don't have time for that so I expect a Nigel-style display on Monday and hopefully 3 points.

RG8 to the SMS says...
6:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13

(taken from ESPN)

"Strengths: His tactical acumen and success working on a small budget brought results at Espanyol, as did his ability to bring players through from the youth ranks.

Weaknesses: He has at times had fractious relationships with his players, with some of those sold during Espanyol's demise having falling out with him.

Career high: Saving Espanyol from relegation in his first few months at the club.

Career low: Being sacked the club at which he had played for the majority of his career.

Tactics: He usually favours a positive, attacking style of play using a 4-2-3-1 formation. He deploys a back four with two holding midfielders, wingers to support a lone front man and an attacking midfielder in support through the middle.

Quotes: "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." Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese, January 2013.

Trivia: Pochettino was born in the same town as Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga."


Good luck to him......COYR!

Clever Dick says...
6:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I think he should start by declaring that he is not here to start planning a takeover of the Isle of Wight and that the Falkland Islands are not and never will be Argentinian. Not until all the oil is gone anyway!

gladbachsaint says...
6:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I think he could win over most fans by just punching Cortese.

Clever Dick says...
6:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

And it mite be a good idea if he develops a virus on Monday. Let NC take the flak!!

skin2000 says...
6:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Little Hitler wrote:
Saint Anubis wrote:
Forren signs same day hmmmm... :)
Now that's more concerning for me!

Who wanted him, Adkins, Cortese, the new guy?
Cortese

hates the skates says...
6:53pm Fri 18 Jan 13

ive had my rant and rave good luck maurichio pochettino COYR

Ross123 says...
7:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

i assume if he wins the league, he will then get the sack and then benitez will then takeover! lol

andy newbury says...
7:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13

are we going back to the rupert lowe era, it certainly seems. like it, we do not need new manager after new manager senario which is what I believe we are heading for. The new manager will have a tough time if he is to do half a good a job at southampton as nigel has done . many thanks nigel for what you have done for us, you deserved to be treated than this by SFC. I for one am not a happy fan, there will be many thousands like me who hope it does,nt backire on us. good luck for the future nigel you will not be out of work for very long, you are a great manager in my mind and I am sure in the minds of many southampton fans. Sorry!!! to see you go.

apm1954 says...
7:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13

work permit ?

loosehead says...
7:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Just remember Nigel adkins struggled to get any other club out of the championship & most of the side that got us back to back promotions were recruited by the now Newcastle Manager

MGRA says...
7:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13

apm1954 wrote:
work permit ?
already in place. EU.

Confucious says...
7:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13

His name has four more syllables than Nigel Adkins. We'll have to call him something else because "There's only One Mauriccio Pochettino" doesn't work (although I must admit I've never heard of another one) and just using his surname seems a bit unfriendly.

I think Maurice Pocket would be nice.

worried of n e hampshire says...
7:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13

i hope we are never ever called a family club again cos thanks nico, if you are ever remembered for anything it is ridding the Saints of that tag,
good luck Nigel in whatever you do next.

tennisaint says...
7:49pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Apparently Adkins was escorted from the stadium in tears. Tells you everything you need to know about the man and this club. Will be sorely missed.

tennisaint says...
7:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Confucious wrote:
His name has four more syllables than Nigel Adkins. We'll have to call him something else because "There's only One Mauriccio Pochettino" doesn't work (although I must admit I've never heard of another one) and just using his surname seems a bit unfriendly.

I think Maurice Pocket would be nice.
HOW ABOUT MP THERE ALL CRAP

andysaints007 says...
7:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

SupportTheSaints wrote:
I HOPE WE NOW GO DOWN
I REALLY HOPE WE GO DOWN
I KNOW WE WILL
IM SURE WE WILL
WERE GOING F****** DOWN
PRATT

andysaints007 says...
7:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

tinas wrote:
Nothing against the guy, of course, but if it takes him failing to keep us up for the Liebherr family to get rid of Cortese, then so be it.
Go away little girl

1958Saint says...
7:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Kingsland season ticket holders and I say Nigel was good but not great now. We have to look at the big picture and we have been bumping along the bottom of the premier league and just don't want to be relegated.
Saints fans, we need to look at the big picture, this is a big international premier league. Nigel has done well and can build his career on the back of Saints. Matt le T needs to mellow to Cortese, no point being critical always. We loved Nigel but the big picture needs a change and if it wasnt for Markus and Nicola we wouldnt be where we are.
Hope Nigel gets another top job and start winning some games now rather than drawing.

andysaints007 says...
7:56pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Another quality CUT n PASTE by the Echo... Quality! Can I have a job there please... I could do it from my home in Norway!
Set up your own paper then if it's so easy to do!
It's even easier to just not come on the site if you don't like it !!

legh_langston says...
7:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Cameron fixed it. had to give him a job or hand back the Malvinas.

Thomas Upton says...
7:59pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nigel will be sadly missed but at the end of the day he was employed to get us out of league1 and hopefully get us out of the championship. He then took the championship by storm. Job done. He is not a great tactician and not premiership quality. Saints needed to take the next step up which Cortese has bravely done. Welcome to our club Mr Pochettino, I for one will give you my full support. In Cortese we trust. COYR

slugger says...
8:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Mauriccio stated that he and Jose Mourinio are good friends ........ What a top contact to have !

thomasupton says...
8:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13

tennisaint wrote:
Apparently Adkins was escorted from the stadium in tears. Tells you everything you need to know about the man and this club. Will be sorely missed.
Daughter read that on facebook too. He should never have been treated like this. Got a feeling other bad things will happen before the transfer window closes

andysaints007 says...
8:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13

st.athan saint wrote:
saint Compo wrote:
The fans are raging against Cortese and it's understandable that there's a lot of emotion after Nigel's sacking. But let's not forget that it was Cortese who saved the Saints by putting the proposition to buy the club to Saint Marcus. He is ambitious for SFC and football today is big business. He wants to make SFC a truly top club rather than just settling for being in the Premier League.

We have short memories. Cortese will do things his way. We have to go along with that or let him sell the club to some Far Eastern or East European Mafioso. Let's get real.

COYR
when he "sold" it to ML it was as " a good investment " . INVESTMENT - a money making venture ( for them ). Lets not believe it was done for any love of the area or the club.
Wow someone needs to get in the real world !! Do you seriously think anyone does anything in football for anyone else!! They are all mercenaries and so would we be in their shoes!!

El Santo says...
8:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13

St Retford wrote:
He's sort of like the Aldi version of Pep Guardiola, isn't he? He's managed a club in Barcelona and has been on a self-enforced sabbatical from football and people have been wondering where he would end up.

I hope he absolutely smashes it for us. Just one favour, though: can we try not to make racist comments about him just because we're upset about Nigel going? Thanks.
He was sacked, Retford, sacked after winning only 2 games out of 13.
And Pep Guardiola never coached the female Barcelona team, did he?
In any case, I hope he proves us wrong and NC right.
But I still don understand, as many say here, why would you hire someone, in the MIDDLE of the season if that someone does not even speak English. Before he can learn to speak we will have finished the season (and hopefully still in the PL).

Thomas Upton says...
8:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

slugger wrote:
Mauriccio stated that he and Jose Mourinio are good friends ........ What a top contact to have !
Who is this fake thomasupton?

slugger says...
8:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
He's sort of like the Aldi version of Pep Guardiola, isn't he? He's managed a club in Barcelona and has been on a self-enforced sabbatical from football and people have been wondering where he would end up.

I hope he absolutely smashes it for us. Just one favour, though: can we try not to make racist comments about him just because we're upset about Nigel going? Thanks.
He was sacked, Retford, sacked after winning only 2 games out of 13.
And Pep Guardiola never coached the female Barcelona team, did he?
In any case, I hope he proves us wrong and NC right.
But I still don understand, as many say here, why would you hire someone, in the MIDDLE of the season if that someone does not even speak English. Before he can learn to speak we will have finished the season (and hopefully still in the PL).
Contract terminated by mutual consent ....... not quite the same as "the sack" .

Thomas Upton says...
8:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

thomasupton wrote:
tennisaint wrote:
Apparently Adkins was escorted from the stadium in tears. Tells you everything you need to know about the man and this club. Will be sorely missed.
Daughter read that on facebook too. He should never have been treated like this. Got a feeling other bad things will happen before the transfer window closes
Quoted the wrong post. You're an imposter upton.

slugger says...
8:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Thomas Upton wrote:
slugger wrote:
Mauriccio stated that he and Jose Mourinio are good friends ........ What a top contact to have !
Who is this fake thomasupton?
You are ?

thomasupton says...
8:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Thomas Upton wrote:
thomasupton wrote:
tennisaint wrote:
Apparently Adkins was escorted from the stadium in tears. Tells you everything you need to know about the man and this club. Will be sorely missed.
Daughter read that on facebook too. He should never have been treated like this. Got a feeling other bad things will happen before the transfer window closes
Quoted the wrong post. You're an imposter upton.
What ever

El Santo says...
8:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13

fred the red wrote:
I have been following the Saints since 1954 when my dad first took me to the Dell as a six year old. So in almost 60 years of being fan I have learnt a lot of lessons. Here are some:
1. Nothing surprises me in football
2. Nothing surprises me about the Saints
3. There is no such thing as loyalty in football any more
4. Football is about big business, especially in the EPL
5. Supporters are not treated as important by clubs. You can tell that by the lack of information, high prices for games etc.
6. Nicola Cortese is a success-driven and success-focused business man who regards everyone as less important than he is.
7. Any employee at St Mary’s is a commodity, manger, player or programme seller who can be hired and or fired at will
8. Saints never have had a manager ready to come in like this, so it has been in the planning for a while. This must raise questions
9. We are still better off than the shower 20 miles east of us and always will be.
10. There will always be players we would rather not see playing…and there have been many over the years

If you don’t like this analysis, consider the alternative. A certain chairman took us to the brink of oblivion. In many ways he was similar to the current one, except that NC has money behind him. As a club and as supporters, we are part of the process, paying over the odds to park for twenty minutes when buying tickets or merchandise. We want to see the better players available signing for us but this does come at a price and wherever money can be made, it will be.

In Nigel Adkins, we appeared to have a decent all round nice guy who was respected by players, fans and fellow managers alike. However, we do not know what went on inside the Club, though many will speculate. We can only wish him well

I am disappointed that Nigel has gone and the manner of his going. He deserved better than this, and so did we as supporters.

Like it or not, we have no say in these things. We can express our dismay, disgust, surprise etc., but that is football in 2013. Hope for the best, keep the faith and give the players the support they deserve.
Great post. Thanks for sharing your experience. It makes this a bit less painful.

Thomas Upton says...
8:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13

slugger wrote:
Thomas Upton wrote:
slugger wrote:
Mauriccio stated that he and Jose Mourinio are good friends ........ What a top contact to have !
Who is this fake thomasupton?
You are ?
I am original Thomas Upton. Been on for a few years now but dont post that much. I have noticed the other thomasupton and thought what a kh, but could never bother questioning. Anyway I am Northam season ticket holder and before that Archers season ticket holder. I really thought some of Adkins decisions were rash and can't believe how he threw the manure game. Anyway, history. In Cortese I trust. COYR

El Santo says...
8:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13

slugger wrote:
El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
He's sort of like the Aldi version of Pep Guardiola, isn't he? He's managed a club in Barcelona and has been on a self-enforced sabbatical from football and people have been wondering where he would end up.

I hope he absolutely smashes it for us. Just one favour, though: can we try not to make racist comments about him just because we're upset about Nigel going? Thanks.
He was sacked, Retford, sacked after winning only 2 games out of 13.
And Pep Guardiola never coached the female Barcelona team, did he?
In any case, I hope he proves us wrong and NC right.
But I still don understand, as many say here, why would you hire someone, in the MIDDLE of the season if that someone does not even speak English. Before he can learn to speak we will have finished the season (and hopefully still in the PL).
Contract terminated by mutual consent ....... not quite the same as "the sack" .
Just a legal term, a typical Spanish formula to reduce the damage to the coach's reputation and also the money he will receive from the club, of course. Both win.

Scarborosaint says...
8:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Why wait til we have turned the corner before sacking him, the five year plan was achieved in 3 , we have gone 5 games unbeaten , gained 18 points from 12 games, invested in young exciting players , can't believe some of you muppets on this site support what cortese has done , absolute disgrace , I will support my club through everything but NA was a man of integrity and deserved to get a full season in the premiership at the very least. I hope the fans will not harass the new manager like Chelsea do and I am sure they will support the team but NC should stay away your presence will be an unwanted distraction but it would appear he has rather thick skin !!

slugger says...
8:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13

El Santo wrote:
slugger wrote:
El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
He's sort of like the Aldi version of Pep Guardiola, isn't he? He's managed a club in Barcelona and has been on a self-enforced sabbatical from football and people have been wondering where he would end up.

I hope he absolutely smashes it for us. Just one favour, though: can we try not to make racist comments about him just because we're upset about Nigel going? Thanks.
He was sacked, Retford, sacked after winning only 2 games out of 13.
And Pep Guardiola never coached the female Barcelona team, did he?
In any case, I hope he proves us wrong and NC right.
But I still don understand, as many say here, why would you hire someone, in the MIDDLE of the season if that someone does not even speak English. Before he can learn to speak we will have finished the season (and hopefully still in the PL).
Contract terminated by mutual consent ....... not quite the same as "the sack" .
Just a legal term, a typical Spanish formula to reduce the damage to the coach's reputation and also the money he will receive from the club, of course. Both win.
You could be right ....... on the other hand you could be wrong ....... neither of us know .

saintlysoul says...
8:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Having let the dust settle I'm still sad about NA but life goes on. I for one are behind the new manager and the team and I hope this will turn out o be a good appointment and the Saints go from strength to strength.

Crosby, Wilkins and Stannard have all gone thus he must be bringing in hs own coaching team. What nationality will they be? Will thy speak English? I've heard he team are off to Barcelona on Tuesday after the Everton game. No doubt to bond and get to know the new coaching staff!

Lets be positive. Lets hope this new era we now move in to will bring more success to the Saints!

thomasupton says...
8:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13

El Santo wrote:
fred the red wrote:
I have been following the Saints since 1954 when my dad first took me to the Dell as a six year old. So in almost 60 years of being fan I have learnt a lot of lessons. Here are some:
1. Nothing surprises me in football
2. Nothing surprises me about the Saints
3. There is no such thing as loyalty in football any more
4. Football is about big business, especially in the EPL
5. Supporters are not treated as important by clubs. You can tell that by the lack of information, high prices for games etc.
6. Nicola Cortese is a success-driven and success-focused business man who regards everyone as less important than he is.
7. Any employee at St Mary’s is a commodity, manger, player or programme seller who can be hired and or fired at will
8. Saints never have had a manager ready to come in like this, so it has been in the planning for a while. This must raise questions
9. We are still better off than the shower 20 miles east of us and always will be.
10. There will always be players we would rather not see playing…and there have been many over the years

If you don’t like this analysis, consider the alternative. A certain chairman took us to the brink of oblivion. In many ways he was similar to the current one, except that NC has money behind him. As a club and as supporters, we are part of the process, paying over the odds to park for twenty minutes when buying tickets or merchandise. We want to see the better players available signing for us but this does come at a price and wherever money can be made, it will be.

In Nigel Adkins, we appeared to have a decent all round nice guy who was respected by players, fans and fellow managers alike. However, we do not know what went on inside the Club, though many will speculate. We can only wish him well

I am disappointed that Nigel has gone and the manner of his going. He deserved better than this, and so did we as supporters.

Like it or not, we have no say in these things. We can express our dismay, disgust, surprise etc., but that is football in 2013. Hope for the best, keep the faith and give the players the support they deserve.
Great post. Thanks for sharing your experience. It makes this a bit less painful.
We have a massive say, we called all boycott the stadium till Cortese is sacked but that would never happen, if we did I reckon he'd be gone within a couple of games.

arthur boutfaith says...
8:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Stop all this argie bargie, we now have an argie in chargie.

st1halo says...
8:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13

InCortesewetrust wrote:
Good luck pinocchio go do Geppetto proud, iv heard all the anti cortesse rants before, when he asked AP, and all the super business men out there who know exactly what there talking about said adkins was a nobody and we won't even get promoted under him, can give him some nosh now, as his insight was spot on, I am hoping he has got it right again, so get off his back, if it wasn't for him we would not have a club to support, im sorry for adkins as he was a nice guy, this is why is sucks so much, if he was a big Sam or honest Harry type character then it would not be so hard to take, get behind our now man, he might be the next big thing,
Here Here!
You would think that Nigel single handedly guided us to the PL and Cortese had nothing to do with it!
People forget it was NC who appointed Nigel in the first place! He will never handle things the right way as that is just not Nicola's forte but, without doubt the man delivers the results and hasn't let us down yet!

Onwards

STID

Saints n Winners says...
8:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL

Thomas Upton says...
8:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

thomasupton wrote:
El Santo wrote:
fred the red wrote:
I have been following the Saints since 1954 when my dad first took me to the Dell as a six year old. So in almost 60 years of being fan I have learnt a lot of lessons. Here are some:
1. Nothing surprises me in football
2. Nothing surprises me about the Saints
3. There is no such thing as loyalty in football any more
4. Football is about big business, especially in the EPL
5. Supporters are not treated as important by clubs. You can tell that by the lack of information, high prices for games etc.
6. Nicola Cortese is a success-driven and success-focused business man who regards everyone as less important than he is.
7. Any employee at St Mary’s is a commodity, manger, player or programme seller who can be hired and or fired at will
8. Saints never have had a manager ready to come in like this, so it has been in the planning for a while. This must raise questions
9. We are still better off than the shower 20 miles east of us and always will be.
10. There will always be players we would rather not see playing…and there have been many over the years

If you don’t like this analysis, consider the alternative. A certain chairman took us to the brink of oblivion. In many ways he was similar to the current one, except that NC has money behind him. As a club and as supporters, we are part of the process, paying over the odds to park for twenty minutes when buying tickets or merchandise. We want to see the better players available signing for us but this does come at a price and wherever money can be made, it will be.

In Nigel Adkins, we appeared to have a decent all round nice guy who was respected by players, fans and fellow managers alike. However, we do not know what went on inside the Club, though many will speculate. We can only wish him well

I am disappointed that Nigel has gone and the manner of his going. He deserved better than this, and so did we as supporters.

Like it or not, we have no say in these things. We can express our dismay, disgust, surprise etc., but that is football in 2013. Hope for the best, keep the faith and give the players the support they deserve.
Great post. Thanks for sharing your experience. It makes this a bit less painful.
We have a massive say, we called all boycott the stadium till Cortese is sacked but that would never happen, if we did I reckon he'd be gone within a couple of games.
Boycott the stadium? What type of fan are you? Weirdo.
Southampton till I die. Theres only one Pochettino.

buster gutt says...
8:26pm Fri 18 Jan 13

saint Compo wrote:
The fans are raging against Cortese and it's understandable that there's a lot of emotion after Nigel's sacking. But let's not forget that it was Cortese who saved the Saints by putting the proposition to buy the club to Saint Marcus. He is ambitious for SFC and football today is big business. He wants to make SFC a truly top club rather than just settling for being in the Premier League.

We have short memories. Cortese will do things his way. We have to go along with that or let him sell the club to some Far Eastern or East European Mafioso. Let's get real.

COYR
agree Compo we have to accept the appointment and welcome him on Monday and I for one will do that.
Read the article "No suprise in Spain"
Will tell you he is a talented a manager
only failed due to financial problems at his previous club making him sell key players. Cortese got it right for the club sacking Alan Pardew maybe this prove correct although it hurts to see Nigel go.
Coyr

El Santo says...
8:26pm Fri 18 Jan 13

slugger wrote:
El Santo wrote:
slugger wrote:
El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
He's sort of like the Aldi version of Pep Guardiola, isn't he? He's managed a club in Barcelona and has been on a self-enforced sabbatical from football and people have been wondering where he would end up.

I hope he absolutely smashes it for us. Just one favour, though: can we try not to make racist comments about him just because we're upset about Nigel going? Thanks.
He was sacked, Retford, sacked after winning only 2 games out of 13.
And Pep Guardiola never coached the female Barcelona team, did he?
In any case, I hope he proves us wrong and NC right.
But I still don understand, as many say here, why would you hire someone, in the MIDDLE of the season if that someone does not even speak English. Before he can learn to speak we will have finished the season (and hopefully still in the PL).
Contract terminated by mutual consent ....... not quite the same as "the sack" .
Just a legal term, a typical Spanish formula to reduce the damage to the coach's reputation and also the money he will receive from the club, of course. Both win.
You could be right ....... on the other hand you could be wrong ....... neither of us know .
All the news (As, Mundo Deportivo, ABC...) in Spain clearly said "Pochettino sacked". The truth is that he loved Espanyol and that is why he probably renounced to the money. I think he is an honest guy... but he left Espanyol BOTTOM of la Liga.
A few games later, Aguirre has got them out of the relegation.
Probably a good time to sack him!

Thomas Upton says...
8:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13

There's only one Thomas Upton!!!!

buster gutt says...
8:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Article above on BBC sport football premiership

Isthatwotuwant says...
8:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Good luck Mauricio. The majority of fans here love their club. They are just concerned - as you may well be yourself - at their club disgracing itself through its shabby treatment of an honest and decent man who has served it well. If you serve it even half as well you will deserve a better end than the man you replace but I wish you well. Watch your back.

Nigel. You have earned a place in the the club's history for the right reasons - back to back promotions, helping us find our feet in the Prem. Remember to walk tall and proud whenever you are in Southampton. Thank you and good luck in everything you do. Remember us for the good times we shared not the circumstances of your departure.

Nicola - All war is based on deception. I bet Nigel regrets lending you that book now.. I hope you have read it well and that you know something we don't that justifies your treatment of Nigel Adkins today. I hope you find some way to do right by him and that you know what you are doing.

mack chinnon says...
8:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I would like to hear something from Cortese.

thomasupton says...
8:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mack chinnon wrote:
I would like to hear something from Cortese.
Something like please come back Nigel

bakeyboy says...
8:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13

What can I say that hasn't already been said, except thank you Nicola, hopefully this will turn out to be a masterstroke.As regular posters on here will know I was never a big fan of NA and was saying in early December that he was on borrowed time and so it proved but I dont want you to think I'm being smug cause I'm not, I just want the best for our club and NA could not cut it at this level. I really do not think you will see him managing in the prem any time soon. But I'm sure he will do a good job in league 1 or the championship. So come all you die hards the deal is done and there is no going back and lets also hope that Mauriccio has some good contacts in Spain so we can get some prem quality into our squad that will further develop and bring the youngsters on. The future's bright, "It's red and white"

redandy10 says...
8:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mack chinnon wrote:
I would like to hear something from Cortese.
Who cares what you want to hear D1ckhead. Nigel's gone saints are on the up!

El Santo says...
8:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13

El Santo wrote:
slugger wrote:
El Santo wrote:
slugger wrote:
El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
He's sort of like the Aldi version of Pep Guardiola, isn't he? He's managed a club in Barcelona and has been on a self-enforced sabbatical from football and people have been wondering where he would end up.

I hope he absolutely smashes it for us. Just one favour, though: can we try not to make racist comments about him just because we're upset about Nigel going? Thanks.
He was sacked, Retford, sacked after winning only 2 games out of 13.
And Pep Guardiola never coached the female Barcelona team, did he?
In any case, I hope he proves us wrong and NC right.
But I still don understand, as many say here, why would you hire someone, in the MIDDLE of the season if that someone does not even speak English. Before he can learn to speak we will have finished the season (and hopefully still in the PL).
Contract terminated by mutual consent ....... not quite the same as "the sack" .
Just a legal term, a typical Spanish formula to reduce the damage to the coach's reputation and also the money he will receive from the club, of course. Both win.
You could be right ....... on the other hand you could be wrong ....... neither of us know .
All the news (As, Mundo Deportivo, ABC...) in Spain clearly said "Pochettino sacked". The truth is that he loved Espanyol and that is why he probably renounced to the money. I think he is an honest guy... but he left Espanyol BOTTOM of la Liga.
A few games later, Aguirre has got them out of the relegation.
Probably a good time to sack him!
Reading a bit more about him, the Espanyol fans all agree that he was great with the Academy and that he played good football. Most of them seemed to blame the chairman for the failure (selling too many players, although that doesn't explain how Aguirre could make them work).

Maybe there is a plan behind this... hopefully one that works!

devonwiseowl says...
8:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13

What diabolical treatment of a thoroughly decent and professional man. Hardly believable, even in this day and age. Adkins has done so much for your club and been treated appallingly by the powers that be. Us Owls fans felt the same when Gary Megson was sacked when we were third in the table. Dave Jones was well received, but Mandaric was left in no doubt as to how unpopular the decision was. Think you Saints fans should let your clown of a chairman know how you feel and then get behind the new manager, unlike the Chelsea fans appalling treatment of Benitez. Fear for your premiership survival now.

st1halo says...
8:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13

st.athan saint wrote:
saint Compo wrote:
The fans are raging against Cortese and it's understandable that there's a lot of emotion after Nigel's sacking. But let's not forget that it was Cortese who saved the Saints by putting the proposition to buy the club to Saint Marcus. He is ambitious for SFC and football today is big business. He wants to make SFC a truly top club rather than just settling for being in the Premier League.

We have short memories. Cortese will do things his way. We have to go along with that or let him sell the club to some Far Eastern or East European Mafioso. Let's get real.

COYR
when he "sold" it to ML it was as " a good investment " . INVESTMENT - a money making venture ( for them ). Lets not believe it was done for any love of the area or the club.
Trust me you're wrong. I have read many interviews with NC and they are fascinating. He regards this club as his "baby" and wants it to become a major club in European Football so that begs the question 'Would NA develop into a succesful manager at the very top level '?
Personally, this may turn out to be quite a coup and I am looking forward to the ride.

STID

redandy10 says...
8:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13

J7junctionseven wrote:
Welcome to Southampton Maurichio and good luck. COYR
You finger painting fool!

st1halo says...
8:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Saints n Winners wrote:
Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?

arthur boutfaith says...
8:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Don't cry for old Nigel Adkins,
He knows the truth is we always loved him,
All through the dark days,
The first division,
Got us promoted,
Achieved his mission.

arthur boutfaith says...
8:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Let's all cheer for Pochettino,
Now he's a Saint, we all should love him.
Yes he's an Argie,
But he's in Chargie,
Let's get behind him,
Without argie-bargie.

Thomas Upton says...
8:49pm Fri 18 Jan 13

devonwiseowl wrote:
What diabolical treatment of a thoroughly decent and professional man. Hardly believable, even in this day and age. Adkins has done so much for your club and been treated appallingly by the powers that be. Us Owls fans felt the same when Gary Megson was sacked when we were third in the table. Dave Jones was well received, but Mandaric was left in no doubt as to how unpopular the decision was. Think you Saints fans should let your clown of a chairman know how you feel and then get behind the new manager, unlike the Chelsea fans appalling treatment of Benitez. Fear for your premiership survival now.
Yeh but DiMatteo had just won the champions league and still got the bullett. No wonder the Chelski are a bit p!55ed off.

rocketone says...
8:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

On the BBC football site they quoted him as looking at our squad for weeks.
Also linking us with Espanyol midfield playmaker Joan Verdu, apparently their best player and out of contract in the summer.
They are desperate for cash and we appear to have some left over!
I support the Saints! Still!
Do not have to like what Cortese has done, Nigel is a decent bloke. Not many of those in football.
Just hope this experience doesn't sour him, remember Dave Jones fell apart after Saints shat on him .

Thomas Upton says...
8:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

We are Southampton, we sack who we want.

slugger says...
8:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

El Santo wrote:
El Santo wrote:
slugger wrote:
El Santo wrote:
slugger wrote:
El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
He's sort of like the Aldi version of Pep Guardiola, isn't he? He's managed a club in Barcelona and has been on a self-enforced sabbatical from football and people have been wondering where he would end up.

I hope he absolutely smashes it for us. Just one favour, though: can we try not to make racist comments about him just because we're upset about Nigel going? Thanks.
He was sacked, Retford, sacked after winning only 2 games out of 13.
And Pep Guardiola never coached the female Barcelona team, did he?
In any case, I hope he proves us wrong and NC right.
But I still don understand, as many say here, why would you hire someone, in the MIDDLE of the season if that someone does not even speak English. Before he can learn to speak we will have finished the season (and hopefully still in the PL).
Contract terminated by mutual consent ....... not quite the same as "the sack" .
Just a legal term, a typical Spanish formula to reduce the damage to the coach's reputation and also the money he will receive from the club, of course. Both win.
You could be right ....... on the other hand you could be wrong ....... neither of us know .
All the news (As, Mundo Deportivo, ABC...) in Spain clearly said "Pochettino sacked". The truth is that he loved Espanyol and that is why he probably renounced to the money. I think he is an honest guy... but he left Espanyol BOTTOM of la Liga.
A few games later, Aguirre has got them out of the relegation.
Probably a good time to sack him!
Reading a bit more about him, the Espanyol fans all agree that he was great with the Academy and that he played good football. Most of them seemed to blame the chairman for the failure (selling too many players, although that doesn't explain how Aguirre could make them work).

Maybe there is a plan behind this... hopefully one that works!
Just what i read , there is of course a plan behind it and like you i very much hope it works ........ COYR !

milton road says...
8:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Not seen any official quote anywhere saying NA was led crying from the ground. Nor that the back room staff have been sacked which is another rumour. Sounds so fishy.

MP had all his best players sold last summer about 10-12 because Espanyol were in deep debt.
He has had to constantly rebuild there and had three good seasons there before this one.
He is rated by The Pep and Jose,
What ever we think of NC he has not been wrong before. Unlike Lowe a lot of money is being invested in the club.

No Nigel didn't deserve the sack but if we don't give our all for our team on monday, then we are in for a bad night.
NIgel always said we are in this together, fans, team and a manager. Well our players are going to be deflated enough without us creating a hostile atmosphere. They need us like never before on monday.
Sure i am gutted NA is gone but he has, we need to be behind the lads on monday or we are going to get stuffed pure and simple.
Anything less will be an insult to NA's beliefs.

st1halo says...
8:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Thomas Upton wrote:
We are Southampton, we sack who we want.
FCukin' brilliant!!

rocketone says...
8:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Just reminded myself all about Dave Jones.
Forgot that episode.
Another thoroughly decent bloke. Got accused of rubbish and it was obvious he was innocent and the board dumped him.
We didn't look good then either!

Saints n Winners says...
8:56pm Fri 18 Jan 13

st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote: Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Wasn't his English more a little more than basic when he started though? He additionally had won 3 titles before he came, and went to the richest club in the world. Any other candidates?

st1halo says...
8:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

rocketone wrote:
Just reminded myself all about Dave Jones.
Forgot that episode.
Another thoroughly decent bloke. Got accused of rubbish and it was obvious he was innocent and the board dumped him.
We didn't look good then either!
And we were really bothered until Hoddle arrived!!!

redandy10 says...
8:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I for one am going to miss the tangerine! Bo ho! The happy clappers must be sobbing!

st1halo says...
9:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Saints n Winners wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote: Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Wasn't his English more a little more than basic when he started though? He additionally had won 3 titles before he came, and went to the richest club in the world. Any other candidates?
He needed an interpretor when he arrived... Love how he answers every question with No!

How about Ferguson, can't understand half of what he says even now and when I do understand he's talking total b0llox!!!


STID

skiptonsaint says...
9:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13

and also can't help but think everton will go into monday feeling they can deffo get something with all this going on

just feel we will be distracted at a crucial time

Thomas Upton says...
9:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

rocketone wrote:
Just reminded myself all about Dave Jones.
Forgot that episode.
Another thoroughly decent bloke. Got accused of rubbish and it was obvious he was innocent and the board dumped him.
We didn't look good then either!
Dave Jones was in the Dark Lord's era, move on. We are now in the Cortese era. From bottom of league 1 to the prem in four years. Everyone seems to forget 4 years ago when we nearly didn't have a team to support. Mr Cortese is a genius and we are now taking the next step up. Just be there on Monday and all show your full support for the new manager and chairman.
COYR

three halves says...
9:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

At least there wont be any more suntan jokes on here now.

Blandford Saints says...
9:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

At the end of the day (and hopefully season)..........

We are Southampton, we're Premier League!!!

Remember where we were just 18 months ago.

redandy10 says...
9:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13

slugger wrote:
El Santo wrote:
slugger wrote:
El Santo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
He's sort of like the Aldi version of Pep Guardiola, isn't he? He's managed a club in Barcelona and has been on a self-enforced sabbatical from football and people have been wondering where he would end up.

I hope he absolutely smashes it for us. Just one favour, though: can we try not to make racist comments about him just because we're upset about Nigel going? Thanks.
He was sacked, Retford, sacked after winning only 2 games out of 13.
And Pep Guardiola never coached the female Barcelona team, did he?
In any case, I hope he proves us wrong and NC right.
But I still don understand, as many say here, why would you hire someone, in the MIDDLE of the season if that someone does not even speak English. Before he can learn to speak we will have finished the season (and hopefully still in the PL).
Contract terminated by mutual consent ....... not quite the same as "the sack" .
Just a legal term, a typical Spanish formula to reduce the damage to the coach's reputation and also the money he will receive from the club, of course. Both win.
You could be right ....... on the other hand you could be wrong ....... neither of us know .
Well we know you're wrong! You're always wrong! Ha ha ha!

redandy10 says...
9:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Baddesley Bill wrote:
Following one's football club has a habit of kicking you in the nads every now and again....

...all credit to NA for guiding us to the Prem so quickly...

...let's hope this MASSIVE gamble pays off for NC and our Club...

...I'll continue to give my Club all the backing I can. COYR
Are you addressing the UN Bill? No one cares about your sentiments, we're celebrating you prat!

redandy10 says...
9:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13

J7junctionseven wrote:
Welcome to Southampton Maurichio and good luck. COYR
Seventh get your finger paints out and make Nigel a nice little farewell card! Have you hit the breezers yet?

Saints n Winners says...
9:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13

st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote: Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Wasn't his English more a little more than basic when he started though? He additionally had won 3 titles before he came, and went to the richest club in the world. Any other candidates?
He needed an interpretor when he arrived... Love how he answers every question with No! How about Ferguson, can't understand half of what he says even now and when I do understand he's talking total b0llox!!! STID
lol. Maybe when MU signed Veron, he really was saying how much he liked Eva Peron

slugger says...
9:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I quite like the new Thomas Upton , speaks my language ! lol

Sotn Mec says...
9:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nigel earned his/our premiership place
Pochettino with no English/premier
C/V. and taken a club to bottom before the sack puts us in a reel prem fight
Can't speak English ye gods if Nigel had to go we needed a Manager that Knows
English football. Someone must be turning in their grave Long rest and respect Marcos.
(Neil Young Cortes the killer You tube)

SouthamptonLegend says...
9:26pm Fri 18 Jan 13

tinas wrote:
Nothing against the guy, of course, but if it takes him failing to keep us up for the Liebherr family to get rid of Cortese, then so be it.
w@nker

andysaints007 says...
9:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13

hdfw09 wrote:
I wish Mauricio the best. I do wish NC would come down with some form if terminal illness. He is a disgrace to the club. We deserve better than him. NA definitely deserved better than NC.

Burn in hell NC.
You complete and utter pr*ck! Let's hope nothing happens lie that to YOUR FAMILY you dozy pratt!

SouthamptonLegend says...
9:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13

st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote:
Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Ancelotti, Ranieri?

saintgodders jnr says...
9:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I do not agree at all that getting rid of nigel adkins was the best thing to do but I wont knock this new bloke because he is now a saint weather we like it or not, regardless of his previous achievements ( or non in his case ). All we can do is fans is hope for the best and hope our chairman actually knows what he is doing. Up the mighty saints

Thomas Upton says...
9:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13

SouthamptonLegend wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote:
Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Ancelotti, Ranieri?
Strachan!!!

Baddesley Bill says...
9:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Still gutted tbh. So sad that loyalty and success counts for nothing in football these days.

But here's the thing...(NA has a pay off...and will find success elewhere...we all wish him the very best). I will pick myself up and be there on Monday night and support the guys on the pitch.

Cortese has played his hand...and we have a new manager (who deserves our full support imo).

Time will tell if the gamble pays off...and as a Saints fan...I hope it does!!!!

Saints n Winners says...
9:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Thomas Upton wrote:
SouthamptonLegend wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote: Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Ancelotti, Ranieri?
Strachan!!!
Ian holloway

Hdg end mo says...
9:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Pochettino does not speak a word of english and will communicate via interpreteur
How the hell can you manage a team in that way.
When i heard nigel had lost his job my anger turned to cortese the man is a disgrace.
As for the new bloke he was tapped up weeks ago massive coincidence nigel sacked pochettino in and new player.
Nigel thank you for the good times
Its been one hell of a ride and im sure others will agree you will go on acheive great things in the game
True gent with huge integrity and respect someone very soon will get a bloody good manager

upwherewebelong says...
9:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13

this might be a little pedantic but would it not help if the new guy had said I hope to win fans over with hard work, honesty and regular wins. If you are honest work hard but lose fans won't be impressed.

I am now a lot calmer than I was in previous posts BUT I still stand by my comment that if this appointment fails Cortese should do 1 of either 2 things.

1. Resign immediately or
2. Publically say sorry to Nigel Adkins for misjudging what needed to be done.

Chilworth Red says...
9:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Obviously this hasn't come at the right time and isn't what the fans wanted but if we continue with this negativity will end up going down. Look at Chelsea Benitez home record is awful the fans are costing them the league. We have to get behind the team and the new manager. We can't get on the new managers back it was not his decision to sack Nigel we have to make him feel welcome or we will go down.

andyflowers says...
9:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Thank you Nigel , you cannot become a legend until you leave - you will now always be a saints legend for what you ve done.We
HAVE to back new manager from day one.Strange we ve actually signed an international centre back today no one gives a t@ss at the moment !!

slugger says...
9:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Saints n Winners wrote:
Thomas Upton wrote:
SouthamptonLegend wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote: Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Ancelotti, Ranieri?
Strachan!!!
Ian holloway
That bloke who managed Chelsea after managing Brazil ........ (as you've probably noticed , i can't remember his name).

slugger says...
9:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

slugger wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote:
Thomas Upton wrote:
SouthamptonLegend wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote: Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Ancelotti, Ranieri?
Strachan!!!
Ian holloway
That bloke who managed Chelsea after managing Brazil ........ (as you've probably noticed , i can't remember his name).
Scollari , that's the chap .

st1halo says...
9:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

slugger wrote:
I quite like the new Thomas Upton , speaks my language ! lol
Me too!

chappers73 says...
9:58pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Very sad day, Nigel was a breath of fresh air but we have to move on as a club and welcome the new manager. I wonder if it was because Nigel was an unknown and unable to attract top players, whether he didn't have contacts at the top or whether some of his tactics and substitutions came into question on many occasions? On talksport today sky sports spanish football presenter said the new manager is destined for great things and we have done well to land him so give him a chance and lets see where this rollercoaster takes us. I would like to thank Nigel for all he has done and wish him a swift return, Im sure he will be snapped up in no time.

mack chinnon says...
9:59pm Fri 18 Jan 13

SouthamptonLegend wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote:
Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Ancelotti, Ranieri?
Although not PL Capello

DisplacedFan says...
9:59pm Fri 18 Jan 13

st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote:
Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Alec Ferguson?

mack chinnon says...
10:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13

st1halo wrote:
slugger wrote:
I quite like the new Thomas Upton , speaks my language ! lol
Me too!
Talks more sense than Handshandy01.

st1halo says...
10:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Thomas Upton wrote:
SouthamptonLegend wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote:
Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Ancelotti, Ranieri?
Strachan!!!
It took me ages to get to grips with his post match interviews but when I did I realised he was fcuking hilarious!
My fave was after the Leicester game and their fans were shouting Ole's as they passed the ball around. GS said in the first half their fans were shouting Ole so in the second half we came out like bulls and gave them the horn!

Magic!


STID

slugger says...
10:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

st1halo wrote:
Thomas Upton wrote:
SouthamptonLegend wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote:
Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Ancelotti, Ranieri?
Strachan!!!
It took me ages to get to grips with his post match interviews but when I did I realised he was fcuking hilarious!
My fave was after the Leicester game and their fans were shouting Ole's as they passed the ball around. GS said in the first half their fans were shouting Ole so in the second half we came out like bulls and gave them the horn!

Magic!


STID
Best Strachan quote for me was ........... Interviewer ; In what area do you think that they dominated ? Strachan ; that big green one out there !

DisplacedFan says...
10:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

rocketone wrote:
On the BBC football site they quoted him as looking at our squad for weeks.
Also linking us with Espanyol midfield playmaker Joan Verdu, apparently their best player and out of contract in the summer.
They are desperate for cash and we appear to have some left over!
I support the Saints! Still!
Do not have to like what Cortese has done, Nigel is a decent bloke. Not many of those in football.
Just hope this experience doesn't sour him, remember Dave Jones fell apart after Saints shat on him .
Yes, but the PL is a ruthless league. It's kill or be killed. Clubs grow because they are a business. There is no sentiment in making cold, hard decisions. It remains to be seen if this was a good or bad decision. Every manager knows what the rules are. I liked NA, but now we move on.

deepheat says...
10:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Reminds me of when Spurs appointed Christian Gross. Nuff said.

st1halo says...
10:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13

One thing that concerns me and makes me realise that NC is clueless!
When signing a new manager it is essential to get someone whose name fits easily into a song?

Why doesn't he understand this?

STID

Thomas Upton says...
10:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13

st1halo wrote:
One thing that concerns me and makes me realise that NC is clueless!
When signing a new manager it is essential to get someone whose name fits easily into a song?

Why doesn't he understand this?

STID
Mauricino Mauricino give us a wave. maybe?

Thomas Upton says...
10:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Or should we sing Mauricio Mauricio give us a wave?

Thomas Upton says...
10:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Or maybe "Mauricino Pochettino's Red and White Army?

Thomas Upton says...
10:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13

There's only one Mauricino Pochettino.

Thomas Upton says...
10:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Just getting my vocal chords ready for Monday night.
COYR
STID

deepheat says...
10:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13

st1halo wrote:
One thing that concerns me and makes me realise that NC is clueless!
When signing a new manager it is essential to get someone whose name fits easily into a song?

Why doesn't he understand this?

STID
Well we can't call him Tino we have already had one of those.

Why don't we just call him Mo.

magnette says...
10:26pm Fri 18 Jan 13

http://georgeweahsco
usin.com/2013/01/18/
mauricio-pochettino-
the-man-with-a-plan/
?

andysaints007 says...
10:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

hdfw09 wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
hdfw09 wrote:
I wish Mauricio the best. I do wish NC would come down with some form if terminal illness. He is a disgrace to the club. We deserve better than him. NA definitely deserved better than NC.

Burn in hell NC.
You complete and utter pr*ck! Let's hope nothing happens lie that to YOUR FAMILY you dozy pratt!
Cross your legs you ****. I can smell the fish from here. What was done today was a disgrace to Southampton, the fans, the League and most importantly to NA.

My comments to NC come with the territory. When he makes decisions such as he did, he deserves whatever comes to him. For me, I hope it is a slow, painful death. Once he is buried, perhaps me and Nige can p*ss on his tombstone.
All the evidence suggests that you are mentally sub-normal!! Every moment of your pathetic existence god weeps a tear of regret you unspeakable, filthy, feculent cuntitudinous fucktard."

st1halo says...
10:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Thomas Upton wrote:
st1halo wrote:
One thing that concerns me and makes me realise that NC is clueless!
When signing a new manager it is essential to get someone whose name fits easily into a song?

Why doesn't he understand this?

STID
Mauricino Mauricino give us a wave. maybe?
It's gonna be an awkward one. The last thing we want is for opposition fans to think that we are singing about potty training someone!


STID

devonwiseowl says...
10:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Think many of you feel bad about the way your manager has been treated. As a neutral, I now think you are odds on for relegation, whereas under NA I think you had a good chance of staying up. Who is this guy your chairman has brought in. No knowledge of the English game, can't speak English. You have no chance. What a shame.

Sir Ad E Noid says...
10:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13

andysaints007 wrote:
hdfw09 wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
hdfw09 wrote:
I wish Mauricio the best. I do wish NC would come down with some form if terminal illness. He is a disgrace to the club. We deserve better than him. NA definitely deserved better than NC.

Burn in hell NC.
You complete and utter pr*ck! Let's hope nothing happens lie that to YOUR FAMILY you dozy pratt!
Cross your legs you ****. I can smell the fish from here. What was done today was a disgrace to Southampton, the fans, the League and most importantly to NA.

My comments to NC come with the territory. When he makes decisions such as he did, he deserves whatever comes to him. For me, I hope it is a slow, painful death. Once he is buried, perhaps me and Nige can p*ss on his tombstone.
All the evidence suggests that you are mentally sub-normal!! Every moment of your pathetic existence god weeps a tear of regret you unspeakable, filthy, feculent cuntitudinous fucktard."
Can you hang on a minute before you respond, I'm trying to find my dictionary?

Sir Ad E Noid says...
10:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

But more seriously, a complete and utter shock. Well there is no going back now, so what do we have that NC did not see in NA. Does our new Manager have contacts that are useful to SFC? There must be more to it than "we now have a better man". There must, any ideas?

J7junctionseven says...
10:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

redandy10 wrote:
J7junctionseven wrote:
Welcome to Southampton Maurichio and good luck. COYR
Seventh get your finger paints out and make Nigel a nice little farewell card! Have you hit the breezers yet?
Have you been a complete pr1ck all your life and do you think you'll stop being one when your balls drop??

Velleity says...
10:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

hdfw09 wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
hdfw09 wrote:
I wish Mauricio the best. I do wish NC would come down with some form if terminal illness. He is a disgrace to the club. We deserve better than him. NA definitely deserved better than NC.

Burn in hell NC.
You complete and utter pr*ck! Let's hope nothing happens lie that to YOUR FAMILY you dozy pratt!
Cross your legs you ****. I can smell the fish from here. What was done today was a disgrace to Southampton, the fans, the League and most importantly to NA.

My comments to NC come with the territory. When he makes decisions such as he did, he deserves whatever comes to him. For me, I hope it is a slow, painful death. Once he is buried, perhaps me and Nige can p*ss on his tombstone.
Sick.

thomasupton says...
11:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Wilkins gone to, think he worked closely with Lallana always kicking the ball about in the warm up. Wonder how he took the news

MGRA says...
11:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Baddesley Bill wrote:
Still gutted tbh. So sad that loyalty and success counts for nothing in football these days.

But here's the thing...(NA has a pay off...and will find success elewhere...we all wish him the very best). I will pick myself up and be there on Monday night and support the guys on the pitch.

Cortese has played his hand...and we have a new manager (who deserves our full support imo).

Time will tell if the gamble pays off...and as a Saints fan...I hope it does!!!!
best post on this thread....

OSPREYSAINT says...
11:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I have had emotional day as it was my Retirement do, which was somewhat wrecked by the weather, however Mauricio is on the start of his real Professional Career, I wish him luck and success with the best Club in the Country, let us go from strength to strength, first target survival, next target the World.

saint12345 says...
11:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I have just arrived back in the UK to hear this utter nonsense. Mr Cortese we are a proper fans club with many having watched the saints since childhood. My first game was Man City in 1977 at the dell on the east stand benches. And yes big Joe C was in goal for them and saints won 2-1. Mr C this our club be it the halfway, eastleigh, winchester or the angel. Have some respect and go back to the hole you came from. You are not saints and you never will be. Hang your head in shame

thomasupton says...
11:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I have had emotional day as it was my Retirement do, which was somewhat wrecked by the weather, however Mauricio is on the start of his real Professional Career, I wish him luck and success with the best Club in the Country, let us go from strength to strength, first target survival, next target the World.
Happy retirement Big O

OSPREYSAINT says...
11:26pm Fri 18 Jan 13

thomasupton wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I have had emotional day as it was my Retirement do, which was somewhat wrecked by the weather, however Mauricio is on the start of his real Professional Career, I wish him luck and success with the best Club in the Country, let us go from strength to strength, first target survival, next target the World.
Happy retirement Big O
Thanks Thomas much appreciated, let us go forward together to better things.

thomasupton says...
11:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I'll be there Monday night singing "there's only one Nigel Adkins"

Taunton Saint says...
11:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

MGRA wrote:
Baddesley Bill wrote:
Still gutted tbh. So sad that loyalty and success counts for nothing in football these days.

But here's the thing...(NA has a pay off...and will find success elewhere...we all wish him the very best). I will pick myself up and be there on Monday night and support the guys on the pitch.

Cortese has played his hand...and we have a new manager (who deserves our full support imo).

Time will tell if the gamble pays off...and as a Saints fan...I hope it does!!!!
best post on this thread....
agreed, I am s angry about this but my team are my team and I will support them

Can't be there Monday due to work but will be there in spirit

COYR

7saint7 says...
11:32pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Cortese Is a man ruthless But is he a fool ? No he's no Fool ..
Ruthless man who wants what all saints fans want Golry ...
I'll take a ruthless man over a fool .. To run are Club.. Any Day..

saint12345 says...
11:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Again apologies but my anger is rising and my spelling is getting worse. Yes we have sold out to the devil but never ever did I think as a club we would stoop this low. Nigel may success follow you wherever - NC I have no words to describe my loathing of you and how you have brought shame on our club and the legend of Marcus

J7junctionseven says...
11:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
But more seriously, a complete and utter shock. Well there is no going back now, so what do we have that NC did not see in NA. Does our new Manager have contacts that are useful to SFC? There must be more to it than "we now have a better man". There must, any ideas?
I don't think we'll find out until he's been in charge for a few games . That said and if the team continue on their good run of late people will say it's NA's team and not his just like people said it was AP's team when NA took over.
NA had two and half years to stamp his mark on the side and style of play and obviously did a good job bringing with it a lot of success.
He also seemed to be getting to grips with the PL along with most of the current squad who'd not been there before.
It'll be a hard act to follow and if he doesn't get the best out of the players we have to get the results we need and we end up going down......what then???
By all accounts he is a very good manager and does apparently have some good connections in European football.
As a Saints fan I'm worried that this could go t!ts up but also hoping he is a success and our players and fans give him a chance.
If he succeeds then NC's judgement will be revered. If he fails I'm afraid for our clubs immediate future and NC will be seen as responsible for gambling with our beloved club and f@cking it right up!

J7junctionseven says...
11:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

thomasupton wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I have had emotional day as it was my Retirement do, which was somewhat wrecked by the weather, however Mauricio is on the start of his real Professional Career, I wish him luck and success with the best Club in the Country, let us go from strength to strength, first target survival, next target the World.
Happy retirement Big O
Ditto..lucky bleeder!

Red n White says...
11:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

When you read a bit more into his time at Espanyol he did fairly well there given he had little money to work with and had to sell his best players each season.
Plus, it may increase the likehood of us signing Coutinho now though as he played under Pochettino at Espanyol.

saint12345 says...
12:02am Sat 19 Jan 13

Shame on you. I'm tired, drunk, and jet-lagged but I would never defend the shameful behaviour of NC and I'm sure the true red and whites won't either. How lowe can we go

7saint7 says...
12:13am Sat 19 Jan 13

saint12345 wrote:
Shame on you. I'm tired, drunk, and jet-lagged but I would never defend the shameful behaviour of NC and I'm sure the true red and whites won't either. How lowe can we go
I been a true red and white before i could walk m8 ...
NC has done wonders & still is with this club .. People who are one minded never move up in life they just stay in the same place or head down..
Coyr Lets give are new manager a good welcome on monday ..

st1halo says...
12:20am Sat 19 Jan 13

7saint7 wrote:
saint12345 wrote:
Shame on you. I'm tired, drunk, and jet-lagged but I would never defend the shameful behaviour of NC and I'm sure the true red and whites won't either. How lowe can we go
I been a true red and white before i could walk m8 ...
NC has done wonders & still is with this club .. People who are one minded never move up in life they just stay in the same place or head down..
Coyr Lets give are new manager a good welcome on monday ..
Yep ..... the next chapter begins and I'm gonna enjoy the ride!


STID

Londonsaintt says...
12:25am Sat 19 Jan 13

Upon waking up and hearing the news this morning I was gutted and felt almost bereaved.Adkins has been a true saint and will be forever, for everything he's done for our club. I do not agree with his sacking what so ever and it disgusts me that someone can do so much so well and be treated in this way.
however it is not Pochettino's fault that Adkins was sacked. I was at the Chelsea game the other day and it was a fantastic result and when I left I was buzzing for Monday night.
There was 2 things we had that night that Chelsea didn't, 1. Nigel Adkins 2.A very strong 12th man. Chelsea's support was dire and you could see it in the players faces they were demotivated and deflated and constantly booing there manager!
We must get behind this new guy, if we're not its going to have a bad effect on the players. There's nothing we can do about Adkins now he ain't coming back so let's get behind the team and manger and move on. (Please feel free to camp outside cortese office and give him loads of ****) but lets get behind the team at st Mary's it's the only way we'll survive!!! COYR

Beer Monster says...
12:28am Sat 19 Jan 13

I reiterate my sentiments from ments on the mthread - I'll trawl through this when I have time. In the meantime, good luck to the new regime

J7junctionseven says...
12:31am Sat 19 Jan 13

7saint7 wrote:
saint12345 wrote:
Shame on you. I'm tired, drunk, and jet-lagged but I would never defend the shameful behaviour of NC and I'm sure the true red and whites won't either. How lowe can we go
I been a true red and white before i could walk m8 ...
NC has done wonders & still is with this club .. People who are one minded never move up in life they just stay in the same place or head down..
Coyr Lets give are new manager a good welcome on monday ..
Agree. Football today as a brand is an all consuming money monster driven by the results and success business. NC is a shrewd and very successful business man and has track record of getting results for companies he's been involved with. I'd rather have a man at the helm with his business acumen and ambition than some other chairmen who aren't in the same league as NC.
Like I said earlier, NC has said more than once that Southampton FC are his baby and normal people wouldn't purposely harm their own baby would they?
COYR please look after your baby NC!

arthur boutfaith says...
12:40am Sat 19 Jan 13

J7junctionseven wrote:
thomasupton wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I have had emotional day as it was my Retirement do, which was somewhat wrecked by the weather, however Mauricio is on the start of his real Professional Career, I wish him luck and success with the best Club in the Country, let us go from strength to strength, first target survival, next target the World.
Happy retirement Big O
Ditto..lucky bleeder!
Good luck in retirement.

What a day, eh?
Let's welcome MP and wave goodbye to NA.
Yes we know that the new man, may well be an argie.
Yet none can deny he's the new man in chargie.
So to all you Saints fans, don't let things get between us.
We may now have an Argie, but we still have Malvinas.

saint ben says...
12:42am Sat 19 Jan 13

yes, it is sad the way Nigel has been treated after what he's achieved for the club. I have a lot of respest for NA, but for sfc to move fwd we need a manager who can attract players who make this happen. NC sees him as the man to take the club up the next level, only time will tell.

7saint7 says...
12:46am Sat 19 Jan 13

J7junctionseven wrote:
7saint7 wrote:
saint12345 wrote:
Shame on you. I'm tired, drunk, and jet-lagged but I would never defend the shameful behaviour of NC and I'm sure the true red and whites won't either. How lowe can we go
I been a true red and white before i could walk m8 ...
NC has done wonders & still is with this club .. People who are one minded never move up in life they just stay in the same place or head down..
Coyr Lets give are new manager a good welcome on monday ..
Agree. Football today as a brand is an all consuming money monster driven by the results and success business. NC is a shrewd and very successful business man and has track record of getting results for companies he's been involved with. I'd rather have a man at the helm with his business acumen and ambition than some other chairmen who aren't in the same league as NC.
Like I said earlier, NC has said more than once that Southampton FC are his baby and normal people wouldn't purposely harm their own baby would they?
COYR please look after your baby NC!
J7 that was very well put ..
COYR

Croydon Saint says...
1:04am Sat 19 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
thomasupton wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I have had emotional day as it was my Retirement do, which was somewhat wrecked by the weather, however Mauricio is on the start of his real Professional Career, I wish him luck and success with the best Club in the Country, let us go from strength to strength, first target survival, next target the World.
Happy retirement Big O
Thanks Thomas much appreciated, let us go forward together to better things.
Enjoy your retirement. You can sit back and relax knowing that our club is in good hands. NC was correct. He had a five year plan and thanks to Nigel everything has been accomplished ahead of schedule. That plan now gets ripped up and we go again with a new 5 year strategy. Nigel carries himself well, full of integrity and a thoroughly decent chap but he is not premiership quality.

Vincesaint says...
1:19am Sat 19 Jan 13

Saints n Winners wrote:
Thomas Upton wrote:
SouthamptonLegend wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote: Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Ancelotti, Ranieri?
Strachan!!!
Ian holloway
Gus Poyet and Mauricio Tarrico

Sir Ad E Noid says...
1:32am Sat 19 Jan 13

arthur boutfaith wrote:
J7junctionseven wrote:
thomasupton wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I have had emotional day as it was my Retirement do, which was somewhat wrecked by the weather, however Mauricio is on the start of his real Professional Career, I wish him luck and success with the best Club in the Country, let us go from strength to strength, first target survival, next target the World.
Happy retirement Big O
Ditto..lucky bleeder!
Good luck in retirement.

What a day, eh?
Let's welcome MP and wave goodbye to NA.
Yes we know that the new man, may well be an argie.
Yet none can deny he's the new man in chargie.
So to all you Saints fans, don't let things get between us.
We may now have an Argie, but we still have Malvinas.
Arthur, the Malvinas, you are a naughty boy. The Falklands are lovely, put it on your things to do. NA, will live long in the memory, NC, I am afraid the jury is out. Le Argie, jury is out on him as well. NA, peace and the best of luck for the future.

Saint88 says...
1:32am Sat 19 Jan 13

Southampton Fc was doomed before cortese came in , he convinced Marcus to buy Southampton Fc , it was cortese that signed Nigel and everyones reaction was who is Nigel Adkins a physio ? And at the time cortese proved us all wrong , He gave Nigel half a season to prove himself in the premier league , but if we are going to be a top 6 side then Nigel is not the man to take us forward he has made some silly decisions , 3 different goal keepers , poor substitution decisions , leaving players out.

I won't be protesting , business is business .

People are reacting like if rupert Lowe was still here.
Ugly inside you should be ashamed.

Terry Fulford says...
2:27am Sat 19 Jan 13

Congratulations on your new appointment Mr Mauricio Pochettino.I wish you all the success in the world.
New Manager new hope I'm with you all the way.
Please give him a chance Saints Supporters.
A little advice.
Make our boys play ninety minutes that has been the trouble, and the reason we lose in the second half.

Berkshire Saint says...
5:29am Sat 19 Jan 13

Whilst I'm disappointed in the way Nige was dismissed I can't believe the comments against Cortese. NC has a clear vision for Saints and it looks like we're absolutely on track to achieve these goal.

I was shocked at losing Pardew after a 4-0 win but NA came in and did a cracking job to get us where we are now. The baton has now passed to Mauricio and he has my full support (As does NC).

For those at St Mary's on Monday, please get the new manager and the chairman positive support.

ctsaint says...
7:45am Sat 19 Jan 13

We have a club because of NC.
We have a club with money because of NC.
We had NA because of NC.
We are premier league due to the team assembled by NC.
We now have MP , because of NC.

Whilst many are understandably upset, myself included, NC has a plan and is ruthless in executing on it, that's business.

If it goes well he will be vindicated, if not , he will be slaughtered by the fans.

COYR

Blackknight says...
8:49am Sat 19 Jan 13

Caius Petronius, Roman Consul, 66 A.D.

We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised.I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising: and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress, while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.

warrens 76 says...
10:36am Sat 19 Jan 13

Confucious wrote:
Dear Mr Pochettino,

Guly es Fox est magnifico!
Picko both fe Evertoni gameo.

PS Avoides Portsmouth at alle costa. Absolutes Shitto placeo.
He speaks spanish ffs not italian!

warrens 76 says...
10:41am Sat 19 Jan 13

Vincesaint wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote:
Thomas Upton wrote:
SouthamptonLegend wrote:
st1halo wrote:
Saints n Winners wrote: Just trying to think of any managers who couldn't speak hardly any English - but started quite well in the PL
Mancini ?
Ancelotti, Ranieri?
Strachan!!!
Ian holloway
Gus Poyet and Mauricio Tarrico
Strachan..brilliant.

loosehead says...
11:37am Sat 19 Jan 13

I hope your fans can remember back in time.
Lawrie McMenemy took over total control with us up the top ( towards) of the then League 1 we got relegated that year & I remember the fans hatred for that man.
I had a leather coat like his & was sworn at for wearing it.
we ended up with some great names coming here also all was forgiven in 1976 for the FA cup win over Man U.
really as Football fans try take a look at our defence in the Championship then look at said defence in the premiership?
Still not good enough was £7 million good money for basically an attacking player?
could we have bought a top rated goalie for that?
Didn't Nigel adkins say we don't need a Goalie?
if not a goalie could that money have bought us either a top rated defender or a top range midfield general?
to look back on it no matter how hard he tried was Adkins ready for the Premiership?
Take a long time to think about it look at it from all sides then comment.
The Independent supporters protesting?
Would they also have been protesting to get rid of Adkins if we were relegated?
You have to support the team but also remember this is a private company & football is an industry & you win keep the fans & sponsors or go Pompey & swindon's way & die is that what we want for this club?
Cortese seems to know what he's doing give him the benefit of the doubt & forget this stupid protest

noodlesnewman says...
12:09pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Littleton-Saint wrote:
Botchett can't speak English - this has all the hallmarks of a very bad appointment.
welcome to sfc mauricio ! this is sfc not adkins fc or cortese fc for fxxx sake ! we lucky we got a club let alone a billionaire owned club with big ambitions ! welcome to the shape of things to come just look at chelsea , wherever theres big money theres harsh decisions to be made , cortese s answers to liebherrs no if or but s they are on his case for success you can bet your bottom dollar ! And in case you all forgot we have a director of football in place so that any change in management will have a minimal impact ! The new manager will have masses of contacts all over the world ,sorry to say it but i think our nige struggled to attract big name players , giving it to you hard and fast nige was a nobody in the world of football no disrespect to nigel x this guys a big big name in the football world he will take sfc to the next level .ps cortese hates the echo and vice versa this rag just wants to make money out of ours fans missery fxxx the echo . sfc all the way or down road to pompey choice is yours .

noodlesnewman says...
12:09pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Littleton-Saint wrote:
Botchett can't speak English - this has all the hallmarks of a very bad appointment.
welcome to sfc mauricio ! this is sfc not adkins fc or cortese fc for fxxx sake ! we lucky we got a club let alone a billionaire owned club with big ambitions ! welcome to the shape of things to come just look at chelsea , wherever theres big money theres harsh decisions to be made , cortese s answers to liebherrs no if or but s they are on his case for success you can bet your bottom dollar ! And in case you all forgot we have a director of football in place so that any change in management will have a minimal impact ! The new manager will have masses of contacts all over the world ,sorry to say it but i think our nige struggled to attract big name players , giving it to you hard and fast nige was a nobody in the world of football no disrespect to nigel x this guys a big big name in the football world he will take sfc to the next level .ps cortese hates the echo and vice versa this rag just wants to make money out of ours fans missery fxxx the echo . sfc all the way or down road to pompey choice is yours .

noodlesnewman says...
12:12pm Sat 19 Jan 13

upwherewebelong wrote:
is that all Cortese said- "he's looking at the future of the club" Given 95% of fans are unhappy suggests he's got this badly wrong
100 percent of fans were gutted when pards went ! get over it fast ! look at chelsea .

noodlesnewman says...
12:23pm Sat 19 Jan 13

tinas wrote:
Nothing against the guy, of course, but if it takes him failing to keep us up for the Liebherr family to get rid of Cortese, then so be it.
talk about cutting your nose of to spite your face , sort it out women we got 11 saints players that want to win on monday they dont give a **** about this they just wanna win just get behind sfc our great fans are our 12 man ! dont do a chelsea and give the opposition our 12 man xxx all the skates would love us to start booing they l be wee ing them selves all the doubters are loving this big time and most of all nige wouldnt want any negativity he didnt roll like that nor should we . keep the faith .

st1halo says...
1:51pm Sat 19 Jan 13

If people want to protest, they should write letters to Cortese or camp outside his house or whatever to express their discontent. That is their right I suppose.
They need to remember that their beef is with him. NOT the players, NOT the club. As such any protest in the stadium will be damaging to us all and the world's media will be releshing the story.
We should show everyone that we are " together as one" when it comes to our team!!!

STID

OSPREYSAINT says...
9:42pm Sun 20 Jan 13

loosehead wrote:
I hope your fans can remember back in time.
Lawrie McMenemy took over total control with us up the top ( towards) of the then League 1 we got relegated that year & I remember the fans hatred for that man.
I had a leather coat like his & was sworn at for wearing it.
we ended up with some great names coming here also all was forgiven in 1976 for the FA cup win over Man U.
really as Football fans try take a look at our defence in the Championship then look at said defence in the premiership?
Still not good enough was £7 million good money for basically an attacking player?
could we have bought a top rated goalie for that?
Didn't Nigel adkins say we don't need a Goalie?
if not a goalie could that money have bought us either a top rated defender or a top range midfield general?
to look back on it no matter how hard he tried was Adkins ready for the Premiership?
Take a long time to think about it look at it from all sides then comment.
The Independent supporters protesting?
Would they also have been protesting to get rid of Adkins if we were relegated?
You have to support the team but also remember this is a private company & football is an industry & you win keep the fans & sponsors or go Pompey & swindon's way & die is that what we want for this club?
Cortese seems to know what he's doing give him the benefit of the doubt & forget this stupid protest
Believe it or not I was involved in a similar campaign to keep Lawrie when he was threatened with the sack, we won that time and the rest they say, is history. No Internet in those days!

OSPREYSAINT says...
9:44pm Sun 20 Jan 13

warrens 76 wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Dear Mr Pochettino,

Guly es Fox est magnifico!
Picko both fe Evertoni gameo.

PS Avoides Portsmouth at alle costa. Absolutes Shitto placeo.
He speaks spanish ffs not italian!
or gibberish, I am fluent in that.

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