Saints axe Adkins, hire Pochettino

Nigel Adkins has been dismissed as manager of Southampton, who
have replaced him with former Espanyol boss Mauricio

Adkins joined Southampton in September 2010 on a three-year
contract when they were third from bottom in League One.

He guided them to back-to-back promotions, first to the
Championship and then to the Premier League where they began the
campaign with a 3-2 defeat at Manchester City.

However, they won plaudits for their enterprising approach, most
recently in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday evening which saw
them move three points clear of the relegation zone.

Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese said: “This
decision has been made with the long-term ambitions of Southampton
Football Club in mind.

“Whilst we acknowledge the contribution Nigel has made during
the past two years, for the Club to progress and achieve our
long-term targets a change was needed.

“Mauricio is a well-respected coach of substantial quality who
has gained a reputation as an astute tactician and excellent man
manager. I have every confidence that he will inspire our talented
squad of players to perform at the highest possible level.”