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.”