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Southampton mayor's letter of thanks to ex-Saints manager Nigel Adkins
Months after he was controversially sacked by Saints, the Daily Echo can reveal Southampton’s mayor wrote to the popular manager to thank him on behalf of the city.
In his letter Ivan White referred to the “exhilarating roller-coaster of a ride” Adkins took Saints fans on in securing back-to-back promotions, while also praising him for helping to raise the profile of the city in the process.
In Adkins’ reply, the former boss revealed he was “devastated” to lose his job.
But he was sacked and replaced with Argentine Mauricio Pochettino on January 18, and will face his former employers at an employment tribunal after claiming unfair dismissal.
Despite the premature end to Adkins’ time in Southampton, Cllr White wrote to him earlier this summer on behalf of the city “to put on record our formal gratitude to you for your time and service as manager of Southampton Football Club.”
The letter continued: “For those passionate about our football club, it was an exhilarating roller-coaster of a ride and one that we will never forget.
“But for those with other interests in the city, having Southampton back in the Premiership has not only done much to raise the profile of the city, but has also contributed to the city’s wellbeing, both financial as well as social.
“It raises the profile of our city and as a member of the elite Premiership, we are visible worldwide.”
In his reply, Adkins said: “I was very honoured and privileged to have been the manager of Southampton Football Club and undertook the role and responsibility with a lot of pride.
I was devastated to be removed from my position but will always look back with fond memories of my time.
“The response from the Southampton public has been phenomenal and emotional to say the least. Your letter echoes the sentiments of many and I’ll always be proud of our achievements of putting smiles on people’s faces and of supporting the city.”
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