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."