Saints’ poor start to the season is the fourth worst in the history of the Premier League – and of the three poorer, only one managed to avoid relegation.
Adkins, whose side have four points and a minus 14 goal difference after ten games, will be aiming to buck that trend and follow the example of Everton by turning their season around.
With ten games of 1994/95 gone, the Toffees had just three points.
But, in a season where four teams went down, they finished five points above the relegation zone in 15th.
The other teams with worst starts after ten games that didn’t avoid the drop were Swindon in 1993/94, who went down having conceded 100 goals, Manchester City under Alan Ball in 1995/96 and Sheffield Wednesday in 1999/2000.
Portsmouth also had four points after ten games as they were relegated in 2009/10, but had a better goal difference.
Of some comfort to Saints, a few other clubs have also had four points after ten games, albeit with a better goal difference, and survived.
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