What do you think about Nicola Cortese's decision to sack Nigel Adkins?

Adkins sacking - what do you think?

Adkins sacking - what do you think?

First published in Sport

WITH Nigel Adkins being sacked by Saints, we want to know what you make of the situation?

Do you agree with it, or do you think it's a bad move?

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12:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

alanrr says...

i fear it's downhill from now on
i fear it's downhill from now on alanrr
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12:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

RedArmy1 says...

I SAY ....

WE FIGHT FOR A TOP TEN FINISH.

Wet Spam are so close now ... and we will want to finish above them.

THANK YOU NIGEL FOR ALL THAT YOU DONE.

YOU HAVE MY AND ALL THE SAINTS SUPPORTERS THAT I KNOW : RESPECT.

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY
I SAY .... WE FIGHT FOR A TOP TEN FINISH. Wet Spam are so close now ... and we will want to finish above them. THANK YOU NIGEL FOR ALL THAT YOU DONE. YOU HAVE MY AND ALL THE SAINTS SUPPORTERS THAT I KNOW : RESPECT. RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY RedArmy1
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12:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Buddy SFC says...

Gutted !

What gets me is that NC is a very sucessful business , yet this pleb from Spain has an awful track record .........

Don't get it ?
Gutted ! What gets me is that NC is a very sucessful business , yet this pleb from Spain has an awful track record ......... Don't get it ? Buddy SFC
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12:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

milton road says...

WHAT DO I THINK????
TOTAL LUNACY.

I THOUGHT THE TRANSFER WINDOW WAS MEANT TO BE CONSTRUCTIVE NOT DESTRUCTIVE.
WHAT DO I THINK???? TOTAL LUNACY. I THOUGHT THE TRANSFER WINDOW WAS MEANT TO BE CONSTRUCTIVE NOT DESTRUCTIVE. milton road
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12:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Buddy SFC says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Gutted ! What gets me is that NC is a very sucessful business , yet this pleb from Spain has an awful track record ......... Don't get it ?
opps businessman .....
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Gutted ! What gets me is that NC is a very sucessful business , yet this pleb from Spain has an awful track record ......... Don't get it ?[/p][/quote]opps businessman ..... Buddy SFC
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12:39pm Fri 18 Jan 13

three halves says...

I thought Nigel was struggling earlier in the season but he has tuned things round and won some doubters over so this is a huge backwards step.
I thought Nigel was struggling earlier in the season but he has tuned things round and won some doubters over so this is a huge backwards step. three halves
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12:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mastershot100 says...

The new manager Mauricio Pochettino knows nothing about being a Prem manager. Championship next season!!!!!
The new manager Mauricio Pochettino knows nothing about being a Prem manager. Championship next season!!!!! mastershot100
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12:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13

notaclue says...

Together as (minus) one!!!!
Together as (minus) one!!!! notaclue
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12:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Richard Graver says...

Cortese is a knob-head, an absolute disgrace.
Cortese is a knob-head, an absolute disgrace. Richard Graver
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12:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13

ghk230473 says...

Adkins was caught out tactically a few times but deserved until the end of the season at least. Chairman thinking they are managers rarely works, we had that with Lowe and look where we ended up. Very worried we have an Italian tyrant in charge!
Adkins was caught out tactically a few times but deserved until the end of the season at least. Chairman thinking they are managers rarely works, we had that with Lowe and look where we ended up. Very worried we have an Italian tyrant in charge! ghk230473
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12:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Abbey Saint says...

Cortese has demonstrated an utter contempt for Southampton FC - it's players and supporters. He has never either understood or supported the heritage and history of the club and its umbilical links with the city, and past players and managers respected by all whose hearts are with the city and its club. He is what he has always been and always will be - a selfish, arrogant, greedy banker who cares about nothing but himself. I hope Marcus is placing a curse on Cortese from beyond the grave right now. If he isn't, then all true football supporters are. The guy's a total sh1te
Cortese has demonstrated an utter contempt for Southampton FC - it's players and supporters. He has never either understood or supported the heritage and history of the club and its umbilical links with the city, and past players and managers respected by all whose hearts are with the city and its club. He is what he has always been and always will be - a selfish, arrogant, greedy banker who cares about nothing but himself. I hope Marcus is placing a curse on Cortese from beyond the grave right now. If he isn't, then all true football supporters are. The guy's a total sh1te Abbey Saint
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12:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Taunton Saint says...

Ridiculous decision, Adkins has performed a miracle to get us up TWO leagues and to 15th

Why change halfway through a transfer period etc

I fear this is the best news for Villa, Wigan & QPR fans

I see us struggling now I really do
Ridiculous decision, Adkins has performed a miracle to get us up TWO leagues and to 15th Why change halfway through a transfer period etc I fear this is the best news for Villa, Wigan & QPR fans I see us struggling now I really do Taunton Saint
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12:49pm Fri 18 Jan 13

ThatMatthewGuy says...

I'm nearly speechless. I'm so disappointed with Southampton right now and the worst bit is that Adkins will get a job almost straight away so we have no way of getting him back unless Cortese **** off. It'll cost a ton to sack this Pochettino **** and get Adkins back.
I'm nearly speechless. I'm so disappointed with Southampton right now and the worst bit is that Adkins will get a job almost straight away so we have no way of getting him back unless Cortese **** off. It'll cost a ton to sack this Pochettino **** and get Adkins back. ThatMatthewGuy
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12:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

margilamb says...

Utterly senseless decision without merit on any level. Feel so very sorry for Nigel as I am sure he would have become a legend at our club. Cortese what are you thinking? I doubt whether even your "friends" like you. I fear you may very well be Rupert hiding in an Armani suit, shame on you.
Utterly senseless decision without merit on any level. Feel so very sorry for Nigel as I am sure he would have become a legend at our club. Cortese what are you thinking? I doubt whether even your "friends" like you. I fear you may very well be Rupert hiding in an Armani suit, shame on you. margilamb
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12:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

spainrico says...

Worse than disgusting - after 40 years of being a Saints fan today that has ended.

I hope people vote with their feet.
Worse than disgusting - after 40 years of being a Saints fan today that has ended. I hope people vote with their feet. spainrico
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12:51pm Fri 18 Jan 13

JohnItaly says...

We now know why things have been so quite on the transfer scene this January. Cortese has been sneaking around to replace Nigel Adkins. Would like to bet Cortese was gutted when Saints managed a comeback to draw against Chelsea as a loss would have provided Cortese with the perfect excuse to sack NA. Onwards and downwards I fear - just like Espanyol.
We now know why things have been so quite on the transfer scene this January. Cortese has been sneaking around to replace Nigel Adkins. Would like to bet Cortese was gutted when Saints managed a comeback to draw against Chelsea as a loss would have provided Cortese with the perfect excuse to sack NA. Onwards and downwards I fear - just like Espanyol. JohnItaly
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12:53pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Tony in Liberia says...

Well, for me that is a totally stupid decision. You only sack the manager if (a) he's lost the dressing room and/or fans, or (b) results are carp. The support for Adkins is obvious, while results are currently good enough for Europe, so neither reason makes sense.

Nigel would have got us to the top reaches of the league, and on into Europe. This guy - well, I'll support the Saints manager, but nothing I've read about him inspires me.

I'll be chanting "One Nigel Adkins" on Monday night, and my respect for Cortese, which wasn't that high, goes down another notch.

One can only hope that this guy knows what he's doing, that it's part of a long-term restructuring of how Saints are managed which achieves something, and that we are all grudginly impressed by the end of the season - but somehow I don't think so.

Thank you Nigel, you were a great manager, and had the potential to be our best ever. Good luck wherever you go next - I doubt if it will take long to be back - hopefully the top job at Liverpool....
Well, for me that is a totally stupid decision. You only sack the manager if (a) he's lost the dressing room and/or fans, or (b) results are carp. The support for Adkins is obvious, while results are currently good enough for Europe, so neither reason makes sense. Nigel would have got us to the top reaches of the league, and on into Europe. This guy - well, I'll support the Saints manager, but nothing I've read about him inspires me. I'll be chanting "One Nigel Adkins" on Monday night, and my respect for Cortese, which wasn't that high, goes down another notch. One can only hope that this guy knows what he's doing, that it's part of a long-term restructuring of how Saints are managed which achieves something, and that we are all grudginly impressed by the end of the season - but somehow I don't think so. Thank you Nigel, you were a great manager, and had the potential to be our best ever. Good luck wherever you go next - I doubt if it will take long to be back - hopefully the top job at Liverpool.... Tony in Liberia
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12:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Londonsaint76 says...

Reserve judgement at this stage. Nigel was great, always will be rememered for what he has achieved for us but has he taken us as far as he can.

This new chap, is massively respected in Spain and was touted as a long term managerfor the likes of Real Madrid or Barca. He had a bad run of results at Espanyol, but they are in financial meltdown and there near neighbours are Barca so are basically f**ked whichever way you look at it.

Give him a chance, his teams are great attacking footballing sides.

Trust the big man, has he let us down yet?
Reserve judgement at this stage. Nigel was great, always will be rememered for what he has achieved for us but has he taken us as far as he can. This new chap, is massively respected in Spain and was touted as a long term managerfor the likes of Real Madrid or Barca. He had a bad run of results at Espanyol, but they are in financial meltdown and there near neighbours are Barca so are basically f**ked whichever way you look at it. Give him a chance, his teams are great attacking footballing sides. Trust the big man, has he let us down yet? Londonsaint76
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12:56pm Fri 18 Jan 13

apm1954 says...

shame on you cortesse
shame on you cortesse apm1954
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1:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nicole23 says...

I know some fans dont like it, but it shows Cortese's ambition. He wants us to stay up and does not want to be a bit part team. We are the 4th richest club in the league.
Ok the new manager is a bit unknown but Cortese is not stupid, he is very shrewd.
He said he wants Champions league football let him prove it.
We were struggling,FACT! Nigel was lost in the prem.To bring costly players in means staying up or
suicide.
I say give him a chance, the players are big enough to get on with th job,.
Dont forget this new guy will bring new coaches as well.
I am right behind him, results will speak for themselves.
I know some fans dont like it, but it shows Cortese's ambition. He wants us to stay up and does not want to be a bit part team. We are the 4th richest club in the league. Ok the new manager is a bit unknown but Cortese is not stupid, he is very shrewd. He said he wants Champions league football let him prove it. We were struggling,FACT! Nigel was lost in the prem.To bring costly players in means staying up or suicide. I say give him a chance, the players are big enough to get on with th job,. Dont forget this new guy will bring new coaches as well. I am right behind him, results will speak for themselves. Nicole23
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1:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mgprobert says...

Probably my worst day as a Saints fan, feels like a funeral.
Makes you wonder if its all worth it. Thanks for the ride to an excellent coach and a good man.
Note to NC - you'll learn in life that you don't know what you've got 'till its gone!
Probably my worst day as a Saints fan, feels like a funeral. Makes you wonder if its all worth it. Thanks for the ride to an excellent coach and a good man. Note to NC - you'll learn in life that you don't know what you've got 'till its gone! mgprobert
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1:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

OfficialSpudUk says...

I don't post on here very often, but I check it out at least twice a day. As a long distance Saints fan, I am shocked at the decision, but I wouldn't say suprised.

Things haven't gone perfectly for Adkins, though the recent turn around has been amazing. I think we may have also found it harder to attract high quality players due to Adkins' low profile overseas. I also fear Adkins would have struggled to take us any further up the table then 10th, and Europe has been the long-term goal for a while.

It was a now or never, however, as any new manager would need time in the transfer window to turn things around. NC has never let us down before, and though I do thing this decision is slight on the mad side (at least wait until the end of the season), I am more then prepared to give Pochettino a chance. It's not his fault afterall.

When all is said and down, Nigel Adkins is a Southampton legend, and will be missed, regardless of what happens!
I don't post on here very often, but I check it out at least twice a day. As a long distance Saints fan, I am shocked at the decision, but I wouldn't say suprised. Things haven't gone perfectly for Adkins, though the recent turn around has been amazing. I think we may have also found it harder to attract high quality players due to Adkins' low profile overseas. I also fear Adkins would have struggled to take us any further up the table then 10th, and Europe has been the long-term goal for a while. It was a now or never, however, as any new manager would need time in the transfer window to turn things around. NC has never let us down before, and though I do thing this decision is slight on the mad side (at least wait until the end of the season), I am more then prepared to give Pochettino a chance. It's not his fault afterall. When all is said and down, Nigel Adkins is a Southampton legend, and will be missed, regardless of what happens! OfficialSpudUk
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1:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

jankirkcaldy says...

Not an avid Saints fan and only manage to see a few matches each season BUT supported Nigel Adkins totally and have seen how respected he was at St. Marys.

Perhaps if Jose Mourinho was taking over, the change just MIGHT have made sense!!!!

Good luck to Nigel
Not an avid Saints fan and only manage to see a few matches each season BUT supported Nigel Adkins totally and have seen how respected he was at St. Marys. Perhaps if Jose Mourinho was taking over, the change just MIGHT have made sense!!!! Good luck to Nigel jankirkcaldy
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1:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13

One Heart....One Vision says...

Wow...what a surprise.

Nigel has been a massive influence to us all....in all he has done on and off the field for our Club. He will have been rewarded for his work and he'll do well wherever he'll go.

This is football and we draw a line under it and move on.

There's was only Nigel Aktins !!!...sniff.

Welcome to our new Coach and let's hope he can take us to the next level.
Wow...what a surprise. Nigel has been a massive influence to us all....in all he has done on and off the field for our Club. He will have been rewarded for his work and he'll do well wherever he'll go. This is football and we draw a line under it and move on. There's was only Nigel Aktins !!!...sniff. Welcome to our new Coach and let's hope he can take us to the next level. One Heart....One Vision
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1:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13

sledgerite says...

not suprised its happened just the timing in mid season,we dont know what has happened behind the scenes and if we are honest for all the good result on wednesday it was strange to leave youre best two players on the bench,dont think he will be out of work long
not suprised its happened just the timing in mid season,we dont know what has happened behind the scenes and if we are honest for all the good result on wednesday it was strange to leave youre best two players on the bench,dont think he will be out of work long sledgerite
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1:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13

lindfieldsaint says...

A completely unjustified decision and one that will send the club backwards. Anyone who has followed football for many years (many more than Cortese) will realise the benefit of continuity in a football club.
The problem with Cortese is that he has too much power and has adopted a dictator’s attitude towards all and sundry with no thoughts of their feelings. Pardew and now Adkins, along with the banning of photographers at SMS, and his shabby dealings with other clubs during transfer negotiations.
To quote Matt Le Tissier “Cortese is not actually a very nice human being”.
The problem that all of us that support the Saints are powerless to do very much. Like Chelsea fans who have to suffer from someone who enjoys firing managers, we realise that Cortese, with the Liebherr family, own the club ,saved the club and can do virtually what he wants.
A completely unjustified decision and one that will send the club backwards. Anyone who has followed football for many years (many more than Cortese) will realise the benefit of continuity in a football club. The problem with Cortese is that he has too much power and has adopted a dictator’s attitude towards all and sundry with no thoughts of their feelings. Pardew and now Adkins, along with the banning of photographers at SMS, and his shabby dealings with other clubs during transfer negotiations. To quote Matt Le Tissier “Cortese is not actually a very nice human being”. The problem that all of us that support the Saints are powerless to do very much. Like Chelsea fans who have to suffer from someone who enjoys firing managers, we realise that Cortese, with the Liebherr family, own the club ,saved the club and can do virtually what he wants. lindfieldsaint
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1:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Dave Brown says...

Come out and face the fans on Monday evening Cortese if you have got the guts.
I have supported this club for 60 years and I feel we are now sinking back to the bad old days of Rupert Lowe.
The spirit will be gone and What message does this send to the players who are currently talking about signing a long term contract.
If I were you Luke Shaw I would snap up the best offer you can get away from this club as I think Saints will be now facing relegation at the end of this season.
Cortese do us all a favour and do one.
Come out and face the fans on Monday evening Cortese if you have got the guts. I have supported this club for 60 years and I feel we are now sinking back to the bad old days of Rupert Lowe. The spirit will be gone and What message does this send to the players who are currently talking about signing a long term contract. If I were you Luke Shaw I would snap up the best offer you can get away from this club as I think Saints will be now facing relegation at the end of this season. Cortese do us all a favour and do one. Dave Brown
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1:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

oldboy67 says...

you dont leave you top thee players on the bench till the second half was still making very poor changes through the game. davis is not an attacing mid field player he`s a weak link.
you dont leave you top thee players on the bench till the second half was still making very poor changes through the game. davis is not an attacing mid field player he`s a weak link. oldboy67
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1:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Harry Stotle says...

As a Pompey fan, I thought we had more or less cornered the market in 'you-couldn't-make-i
t-up' turn of events for South Coast clubs, but no, Mr Cortese isn't having that.

I suggest you take a leaf out of the books of the Chelsea faithful and chant his name in the direction of the directors box next home game.
(That's 'Adkins', not 'Di Matteo'.)
As a Pompey fan, I thought we had more or less cornered the market in 'you-couldn't-make-i t-up' turn of events for South Coast clubs, but no, Mr Cortese isn't having that. I suggest you take a leaf out of the books of the Chelsea faithful and chant his name in the direction of the directors box next home game. (That's 'Adkins', not 'Di Matteo'.) Harry Stotle
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1:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13

soton1980 says...

I'm disappointed! If we were bottom of the league then I could understand it, but we aren't and results were starting to improve.

Nigel will have no problem finding another job and will always be a legend in my opinion. I reckon we'll be seeing him back in the Premier division sooner rather than later, it's just sad that his journey with us has been cut short.

I've always had faith in Cortese, despite some seemingly odd decisions in the past, but this is really testing that faith. I'm really gutted, but hope Cortese proves us all wrong...
I'm disappointed! If we were bottom of the league then I could understand it, but we aren't and results were starting to improve. Nigel will have no problem finding another job and will always be a legend in my opinion. I reckon we'll be seeing him back in the Premier division sooner rather than later, it's just sad that his journey with us has been cut short. I've always had faith in Cortese, despite some seemingly odd decisions in the past, but this is really testing that faith. I'm really gutted, but hope Cortese proves us all wrong... soton1980
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1:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13

KeefyH44 says...

As a Seagulls fan of 55 year's, who nevertheless wishes Saints well, I'm really shocked as NA seemed to have got to grips with the step up and results were starting to come good. The comeback against Chelsea was a great result. I know we had friendly rivalry while we were in the same leagues but I really don't think that NA deserved this!
As a Seagulls fan of 55 year's, who nevertheless wishes Saints well, I'm really shocked as NA seemed to have got to grips with the step up and results were starting to come good. The comeback against Chelsea was a great result. I know we had friendly rivalry while we were in the same leagues but I really don't think that NA deserved this! KeefyH44
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1:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13

simon170368 says...

when you get what you want when you struggle for gain, the world makes you king for a day.
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself and see what the man has to say.

For it isn't your father your mother or wife, upon you whose judgements are passed, the verdict that counts for the most in your life is the man staring back in the glass.

For he's the one you must satisfy above all the rest as he's with you right up to the end, and you would have passed your most difficult test if the man in the glass is your friend.

Now you may be the one who gets a good break and think your'e a wonderful guy, but the man in the glass says your'e only a fake if you can't look him straight in the eye.
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Nigel- Your quote 6/11/12. You can certainly look yourself in the eye. great manager, great man, saints legend. Our loss will be another clubs gain.
when you get what you want when you struggle for gain, the world makes you king for a day. Just go to the mirror and look at yourself and see what the man has to say. For it isn't your father your mother or wife, upon you whose judgements are passed, the verdict that counts for the most in your life is the man staring back in the glass. For he's the one you must satisfy above all the rest as he's with you right up to the end, and you would have passed your most difficult test if the man in the glass is your friend. Now you may be the one who gets a good break and think your'e a wonderful guy, but the man in the glass says your'e only a fake if you can't look him straight in the eye. -------------------- -------------------- ------- Nigel- Your quote 6/11/12. You can certainly look yourself in the eye. great manager, great man, saints legend. Our loss will be another clubs gain. simon170368
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1:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Two Pints says...

I've been reading the rumours for weeks but just laughed at the stupidity of the suggestions that Nigel would be sacked, Nigel drove the dream that we have all been living since Marcus (RIP) saved our club. Not just the incredible results or the two promotions (who can forget the joy at those two pitch invasions), but the manner in which he conducted himself and the style of football will mean that Nigel will live long in the memory of all true Saints fans.

I still can't believe that this has really happened. The new boy has had two or three seasons experience managing in a foreign league and was sacked for poor results and has no English football (never mind EPL) experience. I just don't get it.

I was one of those fans that would have stuck by Nigel even if we were relegated as he would have got us back in the EPL and moved forward. He was the future of this club, and a future England Manager. Why have we sacked the best English Manager in the country? I now fear, not only for our survival but for what the future holds for this club. I thought the days of constant sackings and uncertanty were over and we were on a long term path but it seems not.

A complete and utter nightmare. Monday night should be interesting!
I've been reading the rumours for weeks but just laughed at the stupidity of the suggestions that Nigel would be sacked, Nigel drove the dream that we have all been living since Marcus (RIP) saved our club. Not just the incredible results or the two promotions (who can forget the joy at those two pitch invasions), but the manner in which he conducted himself and the style of football will mean that Nigel will live long in the memory of all true Saints fans. I still can't believe that this has really happened. The new boy has had two or three seasons experience managing in a foreign league and was sacked for poor results and has no English football (never mind EPL) experience. I just don't get it. I was one of those fans that would have stuck by Nigel even if we were relegated as he would have got us back in the EPL and moved forward. He was the future of this club, and a future England Manager. Why have we sacked the best English Manager in the country? I now fear, not only for our survival but for what the future holds for this club. I thought the days of constant sackings and uncertanty were over and we were on a long term path but it seems not. A complete and utter nightmare. Monday night should be interesting! Two Pints
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1:58pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Simmo13 says...

An absolute disgrace this chairman may have money and backing but he lacks quality I for one will not be using my season ticket. No longer a family club and I'm sorry if we are relegated NC fully deserves it and so do the family that has purchased SFC to let him act in such a manner.
An absolute disgrace this chairman may have money and backing but he lacks quality I for one will not be using my season ticket. No longer a family club and I'm sorry if we are relegated NC fully deserves it and so do the family that has purchased SFC to let him act in such a manner. Simmo13
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2:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Simmo13 says...

Londonsaint76 wrote:
Reserve judgement at this stage. Nigel was great, always will be rememered for what he has achieved for us but has he taken us as far as he can.

This new chap, is massively respected in Spain and was touted as a long term managerfor the likes of Real Madrid or Barca. He had a bad run of results at Espanyol, but they are in financial meltdown and there near neighbours are Barca so are basically f**ked whichever way you look at it.

Give him a chance, his teams are great attacking footballing sides.

Trust the big man, has he let us down yet?
You f_______ short sighted f______ plank what f __ _ are you talking about saints don't need supporters like you that see no further than the end of their nose.

Season ticket holder and first game 1963 !!!
[quote][p][bold]Londonsaint76[/bold] wrote: Reserve judgement at this stage. Nigel was great, always will be rememered for what he has achieved for us but has he taken us as far as he can. This new chap, is massively respected in Spain and was touted as a long term managerfor the likes of Real Madrid or Barca. He had a bad run of results at Espanyol, but they are in financial meltdown and there near neighbours are Barca so are basically f**ked whichever way you look at it. Give him a chance, his teams are great attacking footballing sides. Trust the big man, has he let us down yet?[/p][/quote]You f_______ short sighted f______ plank what f __ _ are you talking about saints don't need supporters like you that see no further than the end of their nose. Season ticket holder and first game 1963 !!! Simmo13
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2:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Grambers says...

Disgusted. Totally and utterly disgusted. Can someone answer me this: what does it mean to 'move forward'? Does Cortese know? Does our new manager know? Can he even speak English well enough to communicate this grand vision of some undefined 'glorious tomorrow' to the players? With Adkins at the helm, I felt my club was on the right track. We could have gone up, we could have gone down. To be truthful, I couldn't really care either way, just as long as the team performed honestly and my club felt a bit different - felt a bit more honest - than all those others which were at the mercy of soulless billionaires and/or misc. spivs/crooks. Now I don't know what to think.
Disgusted. Totally and utterly disgusted. Can someone answer me this: what does it mean to 'move forward'? Does Cortese know? Does our new manager know? Can he even speak English well enough to communicate this grand vision of some undefined 'glorious tomorrow' to the players? With Adkins at the helm, I felt my club was on the right track. We could have gone up, we could have gone down. To be truthful, I couldn't really care either way, just as long as the team performed honestly and my club felt a bit different - felt a bit more honest - than all those others which were at the mercy of soulless billionaires and/or misc. spivs/crooks. Now I don't know what to think. Grambers
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2:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Simmo13 says...

Dave Brown wrote:
Come out and face the fans on Monday evening Cortese if you have got the guts.
I have supported this club for 60 years and I feel we are now sinking back to the bad old days of Rupert Lowe.
The spirit will be gone and What message does this send to the players who are currently talking about signing a long term contract.
If I were you Luke Shaw I would snap up the best offer you can get away from this club as I think Saints will be now facing relegation at the end of this season.
Cortese do us all a favour and do one.
Well said totally agree.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Brown[/bold] wrote: Come out and face the fans on Monday evening Cortese if you have got the guts. I have supported this club for 60 years and I feel we are now sinking back to the bad old days of Rupert Lowe. The spirit will be gone and What message does this send to the players who are currently talking about signing a long term contract. If I were you Luke Shaw I would snap up the best offer you can get away from this club as I think Saints will be now facing relegation at the end of this season. Cortese do us all a favour and do one.[/p][/quote]Well said totally agree. Simmo13
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2:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Simmo13 says...

Simmo13 wrote:
Dave Brown wrote:
Come out and face the fans on Monday evening Cortese if you have got the guts.
I have supported this club for 60 years and I feel we are now sinking back to the bad old days of Rupert Lowe.
The spirit will be gone and What message does this send to the players who are currently talking about signing a long term contract.
If I were you Luke Shaw I would snap up the best offer you can get away from this club as I think Saints will be now facing relegation at the end of this season.
Cortese do us all a favour and do one.
Well said totally agree.
NC you are just one stupid arrogant prat on an Italian who is no better than Rupert Lowe get out out of SFC and those supporters that give him any credit hold your heads in shame we had a great chance against Everton on Monday but not now you idiot.

We don't need him or like him.
[quote][p][bold]Simmo13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave Brown[/bold] wrote: Come out and face the fans on Monday evening Cortese if you have got the guts. I have supported this club for 60 years and I feel we are now sinking back to the bad old days of Rupert Lowe. The spirit will be gone and What message does this send to the players who are currently talking about signing a long term contract. If I were you Luke Shaw I would snap up the best offer you can get away from this club as I think Saints will be now facing relegation at the end of this season. Cortese do us all a favour and do one.[/p][/quote]Well said totally agree.[/p][/quote]NC you are just one stupid arrogant prat on an Italian who is no better than Rupert Lowe get out out of SFC and those supporters that give him any credit hold your heads in shame we had a great chance against Everton on Monday but not now you idiot. We don't need him or like him. Simmo13
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2:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Harry Stotle wrote:
As a Pompey fan, I thought we had more or less cornered the market in 'you-couldn't-make-i

t-up' turn of events for South Coast clubs, but no, Mr Cortese isn't having that.

I suggest you take a leaf out of the books of the Chelsea faithful and chant his name in the direction of the directors box next home game.
(That's 'Adkins', not 'Di Matteo'.)
Oh yes, but can't you see that Chelsea fans have affected results at Stamford Bridge, away they will beat anyone but at home with the hostile plastics baying for blood they are suffering, there is no other explanation for us nicking a draw with the team selection that we presented on the day, it made NA look good, but was it more luck than judgement, or ust the negativity from the fans, who knows. That's football for you.
[quote][p][bold]Harry Stotle[/bold] wrote: As a Pompey fan, I thought we had more or less cornered the market in 'you-couldn't-make-i t-up' turn of events for South Coast clubs, but no, Mr Cortese isn't having that. I suggest you take a leaf out of the books of the Chelsea faithful and chant his name in the direction of the directors box next home game. (That's 'Adkins', not 'Di Matteo'.)[/p][/quote]Oh yes, but can't you see that Chelsea fans have affected results at Stamford Bridge, away they will beat anyone but at home with the hostile plastics baying for blood they are suffering, there is no other explanation for us nicking a draw with the team selection that we presented on the day, it made NA look good, but was it more luck than judgement, or ust the negativity from the fans, who knows. That's football for you. OSPREYSAINT
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2:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Simmo13 says...

alanrr wrote:
i fear it's downhill from now on
We deserve to go down hill as well.
[quote][p][bold]alanrr[/bold] wrote: i fear it's downhill from now on[/p][/quote]We deserve to go down hill as well. Simmo13
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2:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Simmo13 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Harry Stotle wrote:
As a Pompey fan, I thought we had more or less cornered the market in 'you-couldn't-make-i


t-up' turn of events for South Coast clubs, but no, Mr Cortese isn't having that.

I suggest you take a leaf out of the books of the Chelsea faithful and chant his name in the direction of the directors box next home game.
(That's 'Adkins', not 'Di Matteo'.)
Oh yes, but can't you see that Chelsea fans have affected results at Stamford Bridge, away they will beat anyone but at home with the hostile plastics baying for blood they are suffering, there is no other explanation for us nicking a draw with the team selection that we presented on the day, it made NA look good, but was it more luck than judgement, or ust the negativity from the fans, who knows. That's football for you.
Pardon what rubbish we worked hard for that draw !!!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry Stotle[/bold] wrote: As a Pompey fan, I thought we had more or less cornered the market in 'you-couldn't-make-i t-up' turn of events for South Coast clubs, but no, Mr Cortese isn't having that. I suggest you take a leaf out of the books of the Chelsea faithful and chant his name in the direction of the directors box next home game. (That's 'Adkins', not 'Di Matteo'.)[/p][/quote]Oh yes, but can't you see that Chelsea fans have affected results at Stamford Bridge, away they will beat anyone but at home with the hostile plastics baying for blood they are suffering, there is no other explanation for us nicking a draw with the team selection that we presented on the day, it made NA look good, but was it more luck than judgement, or ust the negativity from the fans, who knows. That's football for you.[/p][/quote]Pardon what rubbish we worked hard for that draw !!! Simmo13
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2:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13

wiltssaint says...

Whilst I am gutted that NA has been sacked, we now HAVE to get behind the new manager FROM THE START. We do not want to be like Chelsea fans, create a bad atmosphere and a possible crisis of confidence within the club. So whilst Cortese will have a hard time on Monday night, lets make it clear to Mauricio that the fans are 100% behind him and the team, to try to keep this good run going.........
Whilst I am gutted that NA has been sacked, we now HAVE to get behind the new manager FROM THE START. We do not want to be like Chelsea fans, create a bad atmosphere and a possible crisis of confidence within the club. So whilst Cortese will have a hard time on Monday night, lets make it clear to Mauricio that the fans are 100% behind him and the team, to try to keep this good run going......... wiltssaint
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2:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Harry Stotle says...

It's funny how during those toughest of openings fixtures with Saints rooted to the foot of thre table, Adkins preached about the club's fighting spirit and its sense of togetherness.
What a stab in the back for those noble sentiments.
It's funny how during those toughest of openings fixtures with Saints rooted to the foot of thre table, Adkins preached about the club's fighting spirit and its sense of togetherness. What a stab in the back for those noble sentiments. Harry Stotle
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2:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

ladysaint says...

As I've said on other threads.Haven't commented for ages as felt all was going as expected and happy with how we were adjusting. Not sure how to feel now tho. Cortese is normally prooved right so will give him benefit of doubt...............
..However, if we are not top 10 at end of season wont renew my season ticket as feel its too expensive and fed up with games being moved to stupid times. May as well save my money and watch on Sky. I expect MUCH higher than first season survival now or else why replace Nigel?
PS. Thank you Nigel for all you have done. You have no worries about getting another job you'll be snapped up.
As I've said on other threads.Haven't commented for ages as felt all was going as expected and happy with how we were adjusting. Not sure how to feel now tho. Cortese is normally prooved right so will give him benefit of doubt............... ..However, if we are not top 10 at end of season wont renew my season ticket as feel its too expensive and fed up with games being moved to stupid times. May as well save my money and watch on Sky. I expect MUCH higher than first season survival now or else why replace Nigel? PS. Thank you Nigel for all you have done. You have no worries about getting another job you'll be snapped up. ladysaint
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2:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13

canadaboy says...

Have followed the SAINTS since I was at child and went to the DELL. I cannot fathom the decision by Cortese. He has with the sacking isoated himself from most of the SAINTS fans.
However All SAINTS fans must back the team even though we feel the loss of Nigel Adkins. I am sure we all wish Nigel well in the future and I for one want to thank him for all he did for the SAINTS
COYR
Have followed the SAINTS since I was at child and went to the DELL. I cannot fathom the decision by Cortese. He has with the sacking isoated himself from most of the SAINTS fans. However All SAINTS fans must back the team even though we feel the loss of Nigel Adkins. I am sure we all wish Nigel well in the future and I for one want to thank him for all he did for the SAINTS COYR canadaboy
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2:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13

andrwingrm says...

I for one thought Nigel should have gone after the West Brom game but he proved me wrong and I'm gutted today. Now that he has gone you realise just what a great job he had done getting us to where we are today. The team finally looked part of the Premier League in recent weeks and fear this may now put us backwards.

See a lot of people talking of boycotting the future games but whats the point? We support the team and want them to do well regardless of the manager is. Look at Chelsea and how they are struggling at home because they don't support team and manager. Now that we have this new manager, whoever he is, we should give him our full support as well as the team. This debacle isn't their fault.

COYR!!!
I for one thought Nigel should have gone after the West Brom game but he proved me wrong and I'm gutted today. Now that he has gone you realise just what a great job he had done getting us to where we are today. The team finally looked part of the Premier League in recent weeks and fear this may now put us backwards. See a lot of people talking of boycotting the future games but whats the point? We support the team and want them to do well regardless of the manager is. Look at Chelsea and how they are struggling at home because they don't support team and manager. Now that we have this new manager, whoever he is, we should give him our full support as well as the team. This debacle isn't their fault. COYR!!! andrwingrm
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3:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Saint from the North says...

Absolutely disgusting. We have another Abramovitch in the making.
How very hurtful and embarrassing to the club. What price LOYALTY!
Absolutely disgusting. We have another Abramovitch in the making. How very hurtful and embarrassing to the club. What price LOYALTY! Saint from the North
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3:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

forest bumkin says...

I am TOTALLY confused, and DEJECTED, I really do not get it AT ALL. Nigel Adkins has done an AMAZING job at Saints. His maturity showed with his team selection to stiffle Chelsea then to brings on his TOP GUNS to get a point. He has done so much for the Saints since he came when we were at "rock bottom." NOW we are close to being a REAL PREMIER TEAM. Is this an "old pals act" because it is certainly not a Footballing decision! I am VERY VERY dismayed at this crazy, horrible news. I would like to WISH NIGEL LOTS OF LUCK and THANK him for being a MAJOR factor in restoring PRIDE in SOUTHAMPTON F.C. again.
I am TOTALLY confused, and DEJECTED, I really do not get it AT ALL. Nigel Adkins has done an AMAZING job at Saints. His maturity showed with his team selection to stiffle Chelsea then to brings on his TOP GUNS to get a point. He has done so much for the Saints since he came when we were at "rock bottom." NOW we are close to being a REAL PREMIER TEAM. Is this an "old pals act" because it is certainly not a Footballing decision! I am VERY VERY dismayed at this crazy, horrible news. I would like to WISH NIGEL LOTS OF LUCK and THANK him for being a MAJOR factor in restoring PRIDE in SOUTHAMPTON F.C. again. forest bumkin
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3:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

forest bumkin says...

I am TOTALLY confused, and DEJECTED, I really do not get it AT ALL. Nigel Adkins has done an AMAZING job at Saints. His maturity showed with his team selection to stiffle Chelsea then to brings on his TOP GUNS to get a point. He has done so much for the Saints since he came when we were at "rock bottom." NOW we are close to being a REAL PREMIER TEAM. Is this an "old pals act" because it is certainly not a Footballing decision! I am VERY VERY dismayed at this crazy, horrible news. I would like to WISH NIGEL LOTS OF LUCK and THANK him for being a MAJOR factor in restoring PRIDE in SOUTHAMPTON F.C. again.
I am TOTALLY confused, and DEJECTED, I really do not get it AT ALL. Nigel Adkins has done an AMAZING job at Saints. His maturity showed with his team selection to stiffle Chelsea then to brings on his TOP GUNS to get a point. He has done so much for the Saints since he came when we were at "rock bottom." NOW we are close to being a REAL PREMIER TEAM. Is this an "old pals act" because it is certainly not a Footballing decision! I am VERY VERY dismayed at this crazy, horrible news. I would like to WISH NIGEL LOTS OF LUCK and THANK him for being a MAJOR factor in restoring PRIDE in SOUTHAMPTON F.C. again. forest bumkin
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3:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Mike Twiss says...

Can this Argentinian Guy Speak English?
Can this Argentinian Guy Speak English? Mike Twiss
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4:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

SaintsCroatia says...

It's a **** DISASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!
It's a **** DISASTER!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! SaintsCroatia
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4:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Danielbarker says...

You all have short memories. I remember the up roar when Pardew was sacked and NC brought in NA. Surely your not saying he made a bad decision then? Its essential the new manager is given a chance or we will install doubt in the players minds that we do not support the TEAM. COYR
You all have short memories. I remember the up roar when Pardew was sacked and NC brought in NA. Surely your not saying he made a bad decision then? Its essential the new manager is given a chance or we will install doubt in the players minds that we do not support the TEAM. COYR Danielbarker
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5:03pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Benali76 says...

You know what we think DE. Stop being so smug about Cortese being a proven mentalist. Very sad day in history of SFC.
You know what we think DE. Stop being so smug about Cortese being a proven mentalist. Very sad day in history of SFC. Benali76
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5:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Benali76 says...

Londonsaint76 wrote:
Reserve judgement at this stage. Nigel was great, always will be rememered for what he has achieved for us but has he taken us as far as he can.

This new chap, is massively respected in Spain and was touted as a long term managerfor the likes of Real Madrid or Barca. He had a bad run of results at Espanyol, but they are in financial meltdown and there near neighbours are Barca so are basically f**ked whichever way you look at it.

Give him a chance, his teams are great attacking footballing sides.

Trust the big man, has he let us down yet?
I hate this bs line that gets trotted out by people without any reasoning. "He has taken us far as he can". Just utter nonsense, we have improved every month he has been here and nothing suggests thatimprovement would cease. Apart from the interference of an Italian nutter
[quote][p][bold]Londonsaint76[/bold] wrote: Reserve judgement at this stage. Nigel was great, always will be rememered for what he has achieved for us but has he taken us as far as he can. This new chap, is massively respected in Spain and was touted as a long term managerfor the likes of Real Madrid or Barca. He had a bad run of results at Espanyol, but they are in financial meltdown and there near neighbours are Barca so are basically f**ked whichever way you look at it. Give him a chance, his teams are great attacking footballing sides. Trust the big man, has he let us down yet?[/p][/quote]I hate this bs line that gets trotted out by people without any reasoning. "He has taken us far as he can". Just utter nonsense, we have improved every month he has been here and nothing suggests thatimprovement would cease. Apart from the interference of an Italian nutter Benali76
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5:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13

asiasaint says...

Every player has their level. Those that gave us their all in a lower level had to leave when we reached this level because of this fact. We have to accept that. The same for managers. NA will always be remembered for his last 2 years of work. Unfortunately he is deemed to have reached his level and we have to move on. Sounds **** cold blooded but we'll be forgetting todays events if and when Pochettino starts delivering the wins.
Every player has their level. Those that gave us their all in a lower level had to leave when we reached this level because of this fact. We have to accept that. The same for managers. NA will always be remembered for his last 2 years of work. Unfortunately he is deemed to have reached his level and we have to move on. Sounds **** cold blooded but we'll be forgetting todays events if and when Pochettino starts delivering the wins. asiasaint
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6:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Ronnie Ekelund remembered says...

Cortège just does not care about what the club stands for or what the fans think. We are there to provide some atmosphere for the TV. And next season, if we remain in the Premiership, he will care even less as the tv money increases hugely.

Lets go with the white hankies.

Do not buy programmes or spend in the bars ....
Cortège just does not care about what the club stands for or what the fans think. We are there to provide some atmosphere for the TV. And next season, if we remain in the Premiership, he will care even less as the tv money increases hugely. Lets go with the white hankies. Do not buy programmes or spend in the bars .... Ronnie Ekelund remembered
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6:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

The stripes says...

Cortese has kicked the soul out of the Saints. Be a man and face the fans on Monday.
Cortese has kicked the soul out of the Saints. Be a man and face the fans on Monday. The stripes
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6:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Matt Allen says...

I am absolutely disgusted with my football club, when Nigel Adkins came in we were at the bottom of division 1 - the 3rd tier of English football. Under his management we have achieved back to back promotions to the Premier League, and we have been doing well over the past few months – a win last weekend at Villa and a draw at Chelsea on Wednesday!

Nigel has given our academy players a chance within the first team and blooded them very carefully, that coupled with the fact that we’ve only lost 2 in the last 10 league games leaves me shocked and astounded!

Nigel from all the Saints fans, thank you so much for what you’ve achieved; most of the fans gave you the vote of confidence and confirmed we’d rather be relegated with you as the manager than bring change, clearly the Chairman didn’t listen to the fans.

We all wish you all the very best for the future, you’ll not be out of work for long!
I am absolutely disgusted with my football club, when Nigel Adkins came in we were at the bottom of division 1 - the 3rd tier of English football. Under his management we have achieved back to back promotions to the Premier League, and we have been doing well over the past few months – a win last weekend at Villa and a draw at Chelsea on Wednesday! Nigel has given our academy players a chance within the first team and blooded them very carefully, that coupled with the fact that we’ve only lost 2 in the last 10 league games leaves me shocked and astounded! Nigel from all the Saints fans, thank you so much for what you’ve achieved; most of the fans gave you the vote of confidence and confirmed we’d rather be relegated with you as the manager than bring change, clearly the Chairman didn’t listen to the fans. We all wish you all the very best for the future, you’ll not be out of work for long! Matt Allen
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7:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13

timwilson says...

I'm a Pompey fan and I feel really sorry for Southampton fans. I didn't like Nigel but he was a really great manager for you lot. He'll be a big loss. The board of top flight clubs have got to learn that they will not make any more progress by sacking their talented managers. Southampton would have remained in the top flight for at least another season. Now I'm not so sure.
I'm a Pompey fan and I feel really sorry for Southampton fans. I didn't like Nigel but he was a really great manager for you lot. He'll be a big loss. The board of top flight clubs have got to learn that they will not make any more progress by sacking their talented managers. Southampton would have remained in the top flight for at least another season. Now I'm not so sure. timwilson
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7:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13

fritzer says...

CORTESE CONSIDER YOURSELF CURSED !!!
CORTESE CONSIDER YOURSELF CURSED !!! fritzer
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7:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Leicestersaint says...

It is a shameful decision that has made Southampton the national laughing stock.
Cortese has no idea of decency or loyalty.
I fear that relegation beckons.
Utterly appalling.
It is a shameful decision that has made Southampton the national laughing stock. Cortese has no idea of decency or loyalty. I fear that relegation beckons. Utterly appalling. Leicestersaint
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7:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13

SaintsBiker says...

This is a huge mistake and shows the club (or idiot running it) did not back NA after we got promoted. This behind the scenes manager appointment is confirmation NA was to go all along. NA got us 2 fantastic promotons, the last time was 1977/78 and I was there for that and the many seasons to follow which Saints had managers for longer than a few seasons. If this new manager was so goos why wasnt he head hunted and appointed behined NA`s back while in championship ready to take over in Prem? and all this so called experience in a Spanish leaque with small clubs is on a par with leaque2/Blue square bet. Its forthe future vision and working with youth? Well thats what Nigel Adkins has been doing for that last few seasons Mr Cortese (who now shows he knows nothing about football just like Lowe). Cortese is demonstrating that he wants to be a big player in football like a certain Chelsea owner and just do what he likes. Well get us relegeted and you will get the back lash from the fans as Adkins would have kept us up for sure.
This is a huge mistake and shows the club (or idiot running it) did not back NA after we got promoted. This behind the scenes manager appointment is confirmation NA was to go all along. NA got us 2 fantastic promotons, the last time was 1977/78 and I was there for that and the many seasons to follow which Saints had managers for longer than a few seasons. If this new manager was so goos why wasnt he head hunted and appointed behined NA`s back while in championship ready to take over in Prem? and all this so called experience in a Spanish leaque with small clubs is on a par with leaque2/Blue square bet. Its forthe future vision and working with youth? Well thats what Nigel Adkins has been doing for that last few seasons Mr Cortese (who now shows he knows nothing about football just like Lowe). Cortese is demonstrating that he wants to be a big player in football like a certain Chelsea owner and just do what he likes. Well get us relegeted and you will get the back lash from the fans as Adkins would have kept us up for sure. SaintsBiker
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8:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13

SaintLol says...

We just felt like things were going really well back to backs, out of the bottom three, hoping for some new signings, a goalie (again!) a centre back, cover on the left, all the nice things to think about when your team is doing well and getting better with some money behind it. Now this!! I think as time goes by, I'll always as ever love the Saints, go to the games and criticise and cheer. The other night, in a pub in Worthing I was leaping around when Puncheon scored. That's what its about, but I wish we could have kept Nigel till we didn't need him any longer. Oh well, life goes on, you never know this guy might just be the man?? aha.
We just felt like things were going really well back to backs, out of the bottom three, hoping for some new signings, a goalie (again!) a centre back, cover on the left, all the nice things to think about when your team is doing well and getting better with some money behind it. Now this!! I think as time goes by, I'll always as ever love the Saints, go to the games and criticise and cheer. The other night, in a pub in Worthing I was leaping around when Puncheon scored. That's what its about, but I wish we could have kept Nigel till we didn't need him any longer. Oh well, life goes on, you never know this guy might just be the man?? aha. SaintLol
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8:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Bilster1 says...

Amazingly stupid decision from Nicola Cortese who has now proved conclusively once and for all that he is indeed a total Merchant Banker!
Absolutely gutted for Nigel Adkins who is one of the brightest new managers in English football.
Amazingly stupid decision from Nicola Cortese who has now proved conclusively once and for all that he is indeed a total Merchant Banker! Absolutely gutted for Nigel Adkins who is one of the brightest new managers in English football. Bilster1
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9:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13

KeefyH44 says...

It's a disgrace!
It's a disgrace! KeefyH44
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10:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

saintsuehardy says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Gutted !

What gets me is that NC is a very sucessful business , yet this pleb from Spain has an awful track record .........

Don't get it ?
totally agree, its a joke!
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Gutted ! What gets me is that NC is a very sucessful business , yet this pleb from Spain has an awful track record ......... Don't get it ?[/p][/quote]totally agree, its a joke! saintsuehardy
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10:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Mick the Saint says...

Nicole23 wrote:
I know some fans dont like it, but it shows Cortese's ambition. He wants us to stay up and does not want to be a bit part team. We are the 4th richest club in the league.
Ok the new manager is a bit unknown but Cortese is not stupid, he is very shrewd.
He said he wants Champions league football let him prove it.
We were struggling,FACT! Nigel was lost in the prem.To bring costly players in means staying up or
suicide.
I say give him a chance, the players are big enough to get on with th job,.
Dont forget this new guy will bring new coaches as well.
I am right behind him, results will speak for themselves.
It doesn't look good, with a record of 49 wins from 146 games
[quote][p][bold]Nicole23[/bold] wrote: I know some fans dont like it, but it shows Cortese's ambition. He wants us to stay up and does not want to be a bit part team. We are the 4th richest club in the league. Ok the new manager is a bit unknown but Cortese is not stupid, he is very shrewd. He said he wants Champions league football let him prove it. We were struggling,FACT! Nigel was lost in the prem.To bring costly players in means staying up or suicide. I say give him a chance, the players are big enough to get on with th job,. Dont forget this new guy will bring new coaches as well. I am right behind him, results will speak for themselves.[/p][/quote]It doesn't look good, with a record of 49 wins from 146 games Mick the Saint
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11:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mikesugar says...

Surprised by the timing yes surprised by the event no. Not sure the new guy will be able to pick up the pace in good time to get us up the league but you never know its a funny old game. The fans are fantastic but its the team we support whoever is in it and the club is owned by its shareholders. They get to make these big decisions not us. The only way we can influence is by our feet but what would that get us? COYS
Surprised by the timing yes surprised by the event no. Not sure the new guy will be able to pick up the pace in good time to get us up the league but you never know its a funny old game. The fans are fantastic but its the team we support whoever is in it and the club is owned by its shareholders. They get to make these big decisions not us. The only way we can influence is by our feet but what would that get us? COYS mikesugar
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11:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13

hedge end bob says...

ladysaint wrote:
As I've said on other threads.Haven't commented for ages as felt all was going as expected and happy with how we were adjusting. Not sure how to feel now tho. Cortese is normally prooved right so will give him benefit of doubt...............

..However, if we are not top 10 at end of season wont renew my season ticket as feel its too expensive and fed up with games being moved to stupid times. May as well save my money and watch on Sky. I expect MUCH higher than first season survival now or else why replace Nigel?
PS. Thank you Nigel for all you have done. You have no worries about getting another job you'll be snapped up.
Agree with you my dear. Can see no other reason to get rid of the best manager we have had for a very very long time if we only finish just off of the relegation places.
I use to stand up for Nicola at work stating he was the right person for the tough task of getting S F C back on an even keel. And when he does and puts the heart back into our club he then goes and puts a great big hole in the bottom of the ship big enough to sink us. He then plugs the hole with a plank that no other team has wanted since November when he was sacked for poor results.
Can not see the sense in this move at this time. White hankie monday and one chorus of THERE'S ONLY ONE NIGEL ADKINS.
No need to wish NIGEL luck, this TRUE SAINT will soon be on a training ground again with a Chairman who will show him the respect he deserves.
[quote][p][bold]ladysaint[/bold] wrote: As I've said on other threads.Haven't commented for ages as felt all was going as expected and happy with how we were adjusting. Not sure how to feel now tho. Cortese is normally prooved right so will give him benefit of doubt............... ..However, if we are not top 10 at end of season wont renew my season ticket as feel its too expensive and fed up with games being moved to stupid times. May as well save my money and watch on Sky. I expect MUCH higher than first season survival now or else why replace Nigel? PS. Thank you Nigel for all you have done. You have no worries about getting another job you'll be snapped up.[/p][/quote]Agree with you my dear. Can see no other reason to get rid of the best manager we have had for a very very long time if we only finish just off of the relegation places. I use to stand up for Nicola at work stating he was the right person for the tough task of getting S F C back on an even keel. And when he does and puts the heart back into our club he then goes and puts a great big hole in the bottom of the ship big enough to sink us. He then plugs the hole with a plank that no other team has wanted since November when he was sacked for poor results. Can not see the sense in this move at this time. White hankie monday and one chorus of THERE'S ONLY ONE NIGEL ADKINS. No need to wish NIGEL luck, this TRUE SAINT will soon be on a training ground again with a Chairman who will show him the respect he deserves. hedge end bob
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12:12am Sat 19 Jan 13

gristle says...

The bloke was probably too good, low profile, and focussed. Sotonians don't like that sort thing, and Cortese has decided that a big new shiny manager will improve his own image, and appeal to the average SFC supporter.
The bloke was probably too good, low profile, and focussed. Sotonians don't like that sort thing, and Cortese has decided that a big new shiny manager will improve his own image, and appeal to the average SFC supporter. gristle
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12:17am Sat 19 Jan 13

Dundas20012002@yahoo.co.uk says...

Absolute nonsence the "Sacking" of N.A. He had brouht the club a lon. long way. It looked like he was beginning to turn the club around. Cortese should be the one to resign as Le GOD says "Saint's are the laughing stock" lets hope our lads can manage to hold on in the Premiership. We have a good squad of players lets hope they can carry us through
DUNDAS20012002
Absolute nonsence the "Sacking" of N.A. He had brouht the club a lon. long way. It looked like he was beginning to turn the club around. Cortese should be the one to resign as Le GOD says "Saint's are the laughing stock" lets hope our lads can manage to hold on in the Premiership. We have a good squad of players lets hope they can carry us through DUNDAS20012002 Dundas20012002@yahoo.co.uk
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12:21am Sat 19 Jan 13

Pooley says...

Like it or not I think this is how it is;
1) As true Saints fans and all that brings historically we have a culture of stifled ambition and we have learnt to live with the occasional snatch at glory by humiliating Arse or MancU whilst being relegation dodgers.
2) Cortese is an ambitious outsider and has made it clear on numerous occasions that SFC will not be perrenial relegation fodder season after season. Now we understand he really is not joking. Can we accept this culture shift? Will he succeed or will there be a massive implosion? Get ready for an exiting and bumpy ride! COYR!
Like it or not I think this is how it is; 1) As true Saints fans and all that brings historically we have a culture of stifled ambition and we have learnt to live with the occasional snatch at glory by humiliating Arse or MancU whilst being relegation dodgers. 2) Cortese is an ambitious outsider and has made it clear on numerous occasions that SFC will not be perrenial relegation fodder season after season. Now we understand he really is not joking. Can we accept this culture shift? Will he succeed or will there be a massive implosion? Get ready for an exiting and bumpy ride! COYR! Pooley
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12:31am Sat 19 Jan 13

Sotonfc1984 says...

Adkins was also an inexperienced prem league manager. Sad to see him go, but we need to support the players, he may have links with some cracking players
Adkins was also an inexperienced prem league manager. Sad to see him go, but we need to support the players, he may have links with some cracking players Sotonfc1984
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11:42am Sat 19 Jan 13

hoskins says...

the wrong man got the sack should be that back stabbing italy git marcos must be turning in his grave
the wrong man got the sack should be that back stabbing italy git marcos must be turning in his grave hoskins
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6:59pm Sat 19 Jan 13

st1halo says...

DE

Nigel's departure was inevitable as he himself would tell you and he has alluded to it in several interviews. His job was to secure our return to the Premiership and he succesfully completed it. He has found it difficult in this league and has been given the opportunity but has been found wanting in certain areas. This was the best possible time for his departure as it means he leaves with respect, integrity and kudos, not to mention a good track record, in short he has not been sacked on the back of a bad string of results or relegation which would have severely damaged his cv (Ask Mark Hughes!)
I find it amazing that fans credit Nigel wth the meteoric rise of our club but no credit to the man who appointed him and who masterminded the said rise.
The "family" club that people talk of disappeared in the last century when Lowe arrived.
If Cortese is succesful (and I believe he will be) it won't be long before the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid are visiting here. That's good enough for me and I back him. I do not want a club that's like Wigan, happy with their manager and fighting relegation every year.
I thank Nigel for his hardwork and professionalism. In an ideal world he would be the man to take us to the next level but in the real world, he showed signs of being out of his depth already. The club must evolve.


STID
DE Nigel's departure was inevitable as he himself would tell you and he has alluded to it in several interviews. His job was to secure our return to the Premiership and he succesfully completed it. He has found it difficult in this league and has been given the opportunity but has been found wanting in certain areas. This was the best possible time for his departure as it means he leaves with respect, integrity and kudos, not to mention a good track record, in short he has not been sacked on the back of a bad string of results or relegation which would have severely damaged his cv (Ask Mark Hughes!) I find it amazing that fans credit Nigel wth the meteoric rise of our club but no credit to the man who appointed him and who masterminded the said rise. The "family" club that people talk of disappeared in the last century when Lowe arrived. If Cortese is succesful (and I believe he will be) it won't be long before the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid are visiting here. That's good enough for me and I back him. I do not want a club that's like Wigan, happy with their manager and fighting relegation every year. I thank Nigel for his hardwork and professionalism. In an ideal world he would be the man to take us to the next level but in the real world, he showed signs of being out of his depth already. The club must evolve. STID st1halo
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