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.”