Saints axe Adkins, hire Pochettino

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

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.”