Adkins the poet

Daily Echo: NIGEL ADKINS NIGEL ADKINS

Nigel Adkins surprised members of the press yesterday when he started reciting poetry during the pre-match media call ahead of tomorrow’s game with Tottenham.

The Saints boss responded to a question over how he is handling the pressure by reciting Dale Wimbrow’s 1934 poem ‘The Man in the Glass,’ with only a few alterations:

When you get what you want in your struggle for self And the world makes you king for a day, Just go to a mirror and look at yourself, And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father or mother or wife, Who judgment upon you must pass; The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life Is the one starring back from the glass.

He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest.

For he’s with you clear up to the end, And you’ve passed the most dangerous, difficult test If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum, And think you’re a wonderful guy, But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years.

And get pats on the back as you pass, But your final reward will be the heartaches and tears If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

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11:33am Sat 27 Oct 12

White and red till dead says...

New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I'll buy me a football team.
New car, caviar, four star daydream, Think I'll buy me a football team. White and red till dead

11:56am Sat 27 Oct 12

Force14 says...

Ha Ha !!
Ha Ha !! Force14

11:59am Sat 27 Oct 12

Norwegian Saint says...

Confusious has been giving Nigel a team talk!
Confusious has been giving Nigel a team talk! Norwegian Saint

1:23pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Storm Shadow says...

The writing is on the wall
Your heading for a fall

Time to book at appointment at the clinic for NA. For someone who has done so much for Saints in the past couple of years, this is looking very sad.
The writing is on the wall Your heading for a fall Time to book at appointment at the clinic for NA. For someone who has done so much for Saints in the past couple of years, this is looking very sad. Storm Shadow

2:10pm Sat 27 Oct 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

nIGEL could give that well known poet ATTILLA THE STOCKBROKER a run for his money.Lets hope tomorrow the SAINTS give the Spurs a runaround and get us 3 points.OH WHEN THE SAINTS-GO MARCHING IN.
nIGEL could give that well known poet ATTILLA THE STOCKBROKER a run for his money.Lets hope tomorrow the SAINTS give the Spurs a runaround and get us 3 points.OH WHEN THE SAINTS-GO MARCHING IN. CB FRY LIVES

6:26pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Tye-Dye pt2 says...

That's why there is no one like our Nige, even in the face of this apparent 'crisis' he will still leave all around him dumbfounded, usually its us lot with his squad & formations but this time its the media's turn, good! One things for certain, none of the skates infatuated with this site will understand a word!
That's why there is no one like our Nige, even in the face of this apparent 'crisis' he will still leave all around him dumbfounded, usually its us lot with his squad & formations but this time its the media's turn, good! One things for certain, none of the skates infatuated with this site will understand a word! Tye-Dye pt2

8:22pm Sat 27 Oct 12

TEBOURBA says...

Nigel's poem makes a lot of sense but only if the reflection Nigel is looking at in the glass is not himself but Nicola Cortese!!!!!!!!
Nigel's poem makes a lot of sense but only if the reflection Nigel is looking at in the glass is not himself but Nicola Cortese!!!!!!!! TEBOURBA

11:26pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Tirau Dan says...

When we start winning... and we will!
The negative people shouldn't look in the glass as they will see a wrinkled bitter sad person with nothing left to say.
When we start winning... and we will! The negative people shouldn't look in the glass as they will see a wrinkled bitter sad person with nothing left to say. Tirau Dan

7:07am Sun 28 Oct 12

Andy_Germany says...

NA is a gent and he deserves all our support. Let's not be like other supporters from other clubs and call for the blood of a manager when things don't go well. He has done us proud for the last two seasons. Let's stick with him and NC AND the players. We are Southampton!
NA is a gent and he deserves all our support. Let's not be like other supporters from other clubs and call for the blood of a manager when things don't go well. He has done us proud for the last two seasons. Let's stick with him and NC AND the players. We are Southampton! Andy_Germany

8:24am Sun 28 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

White and red till dead wrote:
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I'll buy me a football team.
.. and that is only the new Programme sellers?
[quote][p][bold]White and red till dead[/bold] wrote: New car, caviar, four star daydream, Think I'll buy me a football team.[/p][/quote].. and that is only the new Programme sellers? OSPREYSAINT

8:26am Sun 28 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Storm Shadow wrote:
The writing is on the wall
Your heading for a fall

Time to book at appointment at the clinic for NA. For someone who has done so much for Saints in the past couple of years, this is looking very sad.
Had a look in the mirror yourself lately, on reflection it might be a good idea?
[quote][p][bold]Storm Shadow[/bold] wrote: The writing is on the wall Your heading for a fall Time to book at appointment at the clinic for NA. For someone who has done so much for Saints in the past couple of years, this is looking very sad.[/p][/quote]Had a look in the mirror yourself lately, on reflection it might be a good idea? OSPREYSAINT

9:11am Sun 28 Oct 12

insane saint says...

i feel it is a great way to motivate the troops.

NOW GO WIN THAT GAME.
i feel it is a great way to motivate the troops. NOW GO WIN THAT GAME. insane saint

10:26am Sun 28 Oct 12

Burton Saint says...

Like most supporters, I'm not happy with current form or results. Confused with some team selections and substitutions but I do believe that NA will succeed. Many of the PL teams currently above Saints are also struggling for results, Wigan got their first home win yesterday, and high spending QPR with their 'experienced' PL manager in Hughes can't buy a result. Keep the Faith. All will come right.
Like most supporters, I'm not happy with current form or results. Confused with some team selections and substitutions but I do believe that NA will succeed. Many of the PL teams currently above Saints are also struggling for results, Wigan got their first home win yesterday, and high spending QPR with their 'experienced' PL manager in Hughes can't buy a result. Keep the Faith. All will come right. Burton Saint

12:16pm Sun 28 Oct 12

City Saint says...

Sounds like a man giving his farewell speech. not only is this bizarre behaviour, it is a very gloomy and defiant statement.

The odds on our Nigel leaving must have shortened still further.

Remember that pardew was sacked after a famous (at the time) victory away. Perhaps Nigel is to be sacked, even if he gets a famous victory at home.

I hope not. But all of this is very sad.
Sounds like a man giving his farewell speech. not only is this bizarre behaviour, it is a very gloomy and defiant statement. The odds on our Nigel leaving must have shortened still further. Remember that pardew was sacked after a famous (at the time) victory away. Perhaps Nigel is to be sacked, even if he gets a famous victory at home. I hope not. But all of this is very sad. City Saint

6:54am Mon 29 Oct 12

hmw says...

He's gone round the bend
He's gone round the bend hmw

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