Southampton fires Adkins, hires Pochettino

Premier League club Southampton says manager Nigel Adkins has

been fired, and Mauricio Pochettino hired in his place.

The south-coast team secured an unexpected 2-2 draw at Chelsea

on Wednesday but is only three points above the relegation

zone.

Adkins had been in charge at Southampton since 2010 and steered

the team back into the top division after a seven-year absence.

Pochettino had been coach of Spanish club Espanyol until

November.