Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafael Benitez express sympathy for Nigel Adkins

Managers express sympathy for Adkins

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson and Nigel Adkins

First published in Sport

PREMIER LEAGUE managers have expressed their sympathy for former Saints manager Nigel Adkins, who was sacked this morning.

Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, said: ''It is a crazy world. It is hard to believe. There is no point saying we are surprised. It seems very unfair.'

Adkins lost his job despite the excellent come-from-behind result at Chelsea - a club whose fans are no strangers to managerial turmoil.

Their boss, Rafael Benitez, knows Pochettino well but has sympathy for Adkins.

''I am really surprised because he was doing a great job,'' he said.

''He had some problems at the beginning but after he was doing well. We analysed the game, and they were doing well.

''I'm very surprised. Pochettino has been in Spain for years, and did well at Espanyol. He's a good manager, but I'm disappointed that a manager has lost his job. We'll see how he does.''

Benitez has also warned Pochettino not to expect an easy ride in England.

''It's very difficult at the beginning,'' he added.

''You need to know the structure, the referees, the other managers' tactics, your own players.

''Even when you think you know, you play a game against Stoke and it's totally different.

''In Spain you can be very good at tactics and manage teams your ways. In England you have to adapt. It's a question of time.

''I don't like to see any manager, especially Nigel Adkins who was doing a great job, lose his job but I cannot talk about the decisions of the people in charge there.''

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3:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Landsdowne saint says...

Benitez has summed it up, the PL ain't all about tactics on the field, this is a terrible gamble
Benitez has summed it up, the PL ain't all about tactics on the field, this is a terrible gamble Landsdowne saint
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5:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13

status says...

A manager who can't speak english, I can't even pronounce his name. He had better win every game from now til the end of the season. ( and he will still probably be sacked) Good luck Nigel you have been one of the best managers Saints have ever had. I am highly embarrassed that the club I have supported for so many years, have done this to you..Very sorry indeed..
A manager who can't speak english, I can't even pronounce his name. He had better win every game from now til the end of the season. ( and he will still probably be sacked) Good luck Nigel you have been one of the best managers Saints have ever had. I am highly embarrassed that the club I have supported for so many years, have done this to you..Very sorry indeed.. status
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6:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Norwegian Saint says...

It's all a cunning plan, he is an interim boss before José comes in to take over in the summer ;-)
It's all a cunning plan, he is an interim boss before José comes in to take over in the summer ;-) Norwegian Saint
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11:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Optimist says...

I really thought that Nige could have been our fergie. Still water under the bridge now.
I think it was a cunning plan to launch Saints to the number one twitter trend of the day, certainly put us on the map, for good or bad.
Reading about Pochettino gets a little confusing as there seems to be a lot of vague info about the chap, he has done a great job on a limited budget according to some, including being the longest serving la liga manager.
Methinks that we will see some big money signings soon, otherwise we might not have made this gamble.
Willing to bet that they will;
a; speak Spanish
b; not be in the best of form/first team choice
c; do great for us
We spent £3 mil on a defender, £7 mil on a striker & £12 mil on an attacking mil during the summer.
Now we have spent £3.5 on a defender so maybe we could see a £8 mil striker and a £14 mil mid come in 0:)

Failing that some more points would do for now.
I really thought that Nige could have been our fergie. Still water under the bridge now. I think it was a cunning plan to launch Saints to the number one twitter trend of the day, certainly put us on the map, for good or bad. Reading about Pochettino gets a little confusing as there seems to be a lot of vague info about the chap, he has done a great job on a limited budget according to some, including being the longest serving la liga manager. Methinks that we will see some big money signings soon, otherwise we might not have made this gamble. Willing to bet that they will; a; speak Spanish b; not be in the best of form/first team choice c; do great for us We spent £3 mil on a defender, £7 mil on a striker & £12 mil on an attacking mil during the summer. Now we have spent £3.5 on a defender so maybe we could see a £8 mil striker and a £14 mil mid come in 0:) Failing that some more points would do for now. Optimist
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