You can't sack Nigel ... even if we lose at QPR

Mike O’Callaghan

Mike O’Callaghan

First published in Saints News

NICOLA Cortese should stick with Nigel Adkins as manager – even if Saints lose tomorrow’s crunch contest at fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers.

That is the view of lifelong fan and chairman of the Southampton Independent Supporters Association Mike O’Callaghan ahead of what he deems “a real six pointer.”

O’Callaghan, who will be at Loftus Road tomorrow, said last night: “Nothing Cortese does would surprise me, but I would definitely keep him charge even if we lose at QPR.

“Adkins should be given at least until Christmas.

“If Cortese does decide to sack him then, at least he can get a new manager in ahead of the January transfer window.

“But we spent almost £30m in the summer, so I don’t know how much money would be available to any new manager.

“I’ve heard the rumours about Gianluca Vialli and Di Canio, but Nigel Adkins has a proven record of getting teams promoted even after they were relgated. His CV is far better than Di Canio’s.”

O’Callaghan added: “There’s no reason why we can’t win this weekend.

“We need to go there and take the game to QPR because they’re at home and there’s more pressure on them than us.

“Obviously there is pressure on us, though, because we’re in the bottom three and the longer you stay there the more the pressure grows.

“We have been in this situation before when we were at The Dell and always survived, a bit like Wigan have done recently.

“But it’s a lot more challenging now because there’s a lot more money involved.”

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11:18am Fri 16 Nov 12

RedArmy1 says...

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WINNING.

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY.

During Saints vs Swansea Rickie was slow on a couple of occasions to pull the trigger.

If he wants to move into the top group for goal scorers in the Premier League - he needs to be fired up and ready to strike at will. Last game he was drifting back to providing assists and although he is very good at that - SAINTS WILL WIN when Rickie is on Top Form.

NIGEL - WORK WITH RICKIE FOR THE WIN AGAINST QPR.

Second point is that we need ADAM to be on Top Form - sharing the Captain's Armband around will help him concentrate on his play making

EI EI EI O
UP TO QPR WE GO. (3000 + FANS)

NO FEAR NO SURRENDER.
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WINNING. RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY. During Saints vs Swansea Rickie was slow on a couple of occasions to pull the trigger. If he wants to move into the top group for goal scorers in the Premier League - he needs to be fired up and ready to strike at will. Last game he was drifting back to providing assists and although he is very good at that - SAINTS WILL WIN when Rickie is on Top Form. NIGEL - WORK WITH RICKIE FOR THE WIN AGAINST QPR. Second point is that we need ADAM to be on Top Form - sharing the Captain's Armband around will help him concentrate on his play making EI EI EI O UP TO QPR WE GO. (3000 + FANS) NO FEAR NO SURRENDER. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR. RedArmy1
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11:22am Fri 16 Nov 12

RedArmy1 says...

Let's get to the Ground tomorrow and 1 mile away are Walkabout and O'Neills Shepherds Bush Green for AWAY FANS. (W12 7PA)

WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON.

THE SAINTS GO MARCHING

ON-ON-ON !!!

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY.
Let's get to the Ground tomorrow and 1 mile away are Walkabout and O'Neills Shepherds Bush Green for AWAY FANS. (W12 7PA) WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON. THE SAINTS GO MARCHING ON-ON-ON !!! RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY. RedArmy1
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11:26am Fri 16 Nov 12

RedArmy1 says...

W12 7PA = QPR Ground.

W12 8QE = Red Army Meeting Point and Pubs.

RED ARMY-REDARMY-REDARMY


NIGEL ADKINS RED AND WHITE ARMY. (WE H8 POMPEY)
W12 7PA = QPR Ground. W12 8QE = Red Army Meeting Point and Pubs. RED ARMY-REDARMY-REDARMY NIGEL ADKINS RED AND WHITE ARMY. (WE H8 POMPEY) RedArmy1
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11:29am Fri 16 Nov 12

Force14 says...

Easy 3 points, QPR will be bamboozled by the orange ones tactical nous.
Easy 3 points, QPR will be bamboozled by the orange ones tactical nous. Force14
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11:31am Fri 16 Nov 12

Force14 says...

The lumbering lump ricky will cause untold chaos in the box
The lumbering lump ricky will cause untold chaos in the box Force14
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11:32am Fri 16 Nov 12

Skating on thin ice says...

RedArmy1 wrote:
W12 7PA = QPR Ground. W12 8QE = Red Army Meeting Point and Pubs. RED ARMY-REDARMY-REDARMY NIGEL ADKINS RED AND WHITE ARMY. (WE H8 POMPEY)
W12 8QE??

You mean W1 D2 L8 = Red Army Premier league record this season.

HAHAHAHA
[quote][p][bold]RedArmy1[/bold] wrote: W12 7PA = QPR Ground. W12 8QE = Red Army Meeting Point and Pubs. RED ARMY-REDARMY-REDARMY NIGEL ADKINS RED AND WHITE ARMY. (WE H8 POMPEY)[/p][/quote]W12 8QE?? You mean W1 D2 L8 = Red Army Premier league record this season. HAHAHAHA Skating on thin ice
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11:35am Fri 16 Nov 12

Force14 says...

3000 pitchfork waving dungaree clad farmer types will take over the bush
3000 pitchfork waving dungaree clad farmer types will take over the bush Force14
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11:36am Fri 16 Nov 12

franiow says...

Many reasons to stick with Nigel...a manager with a good track record, 2 promotions, and he has support of players and fans. Other reasons: who is available to take his place and the cost of ending his contract and getting a replacement.
Many reasons to stick with Nigel...a manager with a good track record, 2 promotions, and he has support of players and fans. Other reasons: who is available to take his place and the cost of ending his contract and getting a replacement. franiow
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11:51am Fri 16 Nov 12

Beer Monster says...

4 promotions including those with Scunny :-)

The most successful Saints manager in 115 years with 60 wins from 98 games.

Keep the faith, we will prevail.

Nigel Adkins' Red (and white pin striped) Army!

COYR

p.s. Good luck to the PST, I hope the High Court will be on your side. We want to keep the south coast derby real.
4 promotions including those with Scunny :-) The most successful Saints manager in 115 years with 60 wins from 98 games. Keep the faith, we will prevail. Nigel Adkins' Red (and white pin striped) Army! COYR p.s. Good luck to the PST, I hope the High Court will be on your side. We want to keep the south coast derby real. Beer Monster
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12:06pm Fri 16 Nov 12

SO50 Saint says...

Good old O'Callaghan remember in League 1 when he and his cronies got laughed out of Northam Social for trying to have a go about the Liebherrs fairly shortly after the takeover. Was an absolute Joke never liked the
Good old O'Callaghan remember in League 1 when he and his cronies got laughed out of Northam Social for trying to have a go about the Liebherrs fairly shortly after the takeover. Was an absolute Joke never liked the SO50 Saint
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12:18pm Fri 16 Nov 12

SO50 Saint says...

bloke since :)
bloke since :) SO50 Saint
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12:27pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Walter K says...

If the DE insist on getting quotes from absolute bell ends, can someone send them Illingworths' or Chorleys' number...
If the DE insist on getting quotes from absolute bell ends, can someone send them Illingworths' or Chorleys' number... Walter K
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12:38pm Fri 16 Nov 12

St.Yorkie says...

I thought for once one of the reporters at The Echo had suddenly come out of the closet with his support for NA.
Alas just another fan with celebrity status who is watched closely on matchdays!
Honestly why not drag out Illingsworth and Chorley - they can add their 5-penny worth too!
Stand up The Daily Echo - don't sit on the fence - say it like it is...
"We hope Saints lose tomorrow then we can have another week of running "Adkins sacked" gossip and hearsay!"
I thought for once one of the reporters at The Echo had suddenly come out of the closet with his support for NA. Alas just another fan with celebrity status who is watched closely on matchdays! Honestly why not drag out Illingsworth and Chorley - they can add their 5-penny worth too! Stand up The Daily Echo - don't sit on the fence - say it like it is... "We hope Saints lose tomorrow then we can have another week of running "Adkins sacked" gossip and hearsay!" St.Yorkie
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1:01pm Fri 16 Nov 12

on the ball city never mind the danger says...

h will always be in work a few vacancys at the tanning parlour
h will always be in work a few vacancys at the tanning parlour on the ball city never mind the danger
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1:03pm Fri 16 Nov 12

SO50 Saint says...

who's h? on the ball, who do your lot have this weekend?
who's h? on the ball, who do your lot have this weekend? SO50 Saint
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1:22pm Fri 16 Nov 12

randre says...

There are more skate on here today than at 8,900 feet in tropical waters ffs.
There are more skate on here today than at 8,900 feet in tropical waters ffs. randre
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1:34pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Mush On The Beach says...

on the ball city never mind the danger wrote:
RedArmy1 wrote:
W12 7PA = QPR Ground. W12 8QE = Red Army Meeting Point and Pubs. RED ARMY-REDARMY-REDARMY NIGEL ADKINS RED AND WHITE ARMY. (WE H8 POMPEY)
the scummers ar in sheppards bush
I think you will find you are home to Donny and about to to be pillaged of another 3 points in your journey to the restaurant at the end of the league universe SCUMPTY
[quote][p][bold]on the ball city never mind the danger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RedArmy1[/bold] wrote: W12 7PA = QPR Ground. W12 8QE = Red Army Meeting Point and Pubs. RED ARMY-REDARMY-REDARMY NIGEL ADKINS RED AND WHITE ARMY. (WE H8 POMPEY)[/p][/quote]the scummers ar in sheppards bush[/p][/quote]I think you will find you are home to Donny and about to to be pillaged of another 3 points in your journey to the restaurant at the end of the league universe SCUMPTY Mush On The Beach
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1:42pm Fri 16 Nov 12

promised land says...

on the ball city never mind the danger wrote:
RedArmy1 wrote:
W12 7PA = QPR Ground. W12 8QE = Red Army Meeting Point and Pubs. RED ARMY-REDARMY-REDARMY NIGEL ADKINS RED AND WHITE ARMY. (WE H8 POMPEY)
the scummers ar in sheppards bush
And the skates are in deep s**t !
[quote][p][bold]on the ball city never mind the danger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RedArmy1[/bold] wrote: W12 7PA = QPR Ground. W12 8QE = Red Army Meeting Point and Pubs. RED ARMY-REDARMY-REDARMY NIGEL ADKINS RED AND WHITE ARMY. (WE H8 POMPEY)[/p][/quote]the scummers ar in sheppards bush[/p][/quote]And the skates are in deep s**t ! promised land
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1:44pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Rising_Son says...

randre wrote:
There are more skate on here today than at 8,900 feet in tropical waters ffs.
Skate infestation! Much worse than mush's beach.
[quote][p][bold]randre[/bold] wrote: There are more skate on here today than at 8,900 feet in tropical waters ffs.[/p][/quote]Skate infestation! Much worse than mush's beach. Rising_Son
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2:13pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Mush On The Beach says...

Rising_Son wrote:
randre wrote:
There are more skate on here today than at 8,900 feet in tropical waters ffs.
Skate infestation! Much worse than mush's beach.
Spray the Bug repellent.
I find the Poopey Scummers are like the flies on my beach, irritating but one good swat and it is end of!!! Some of them I find tickle me in some strange perverse way and so I spare them.

My Beach is paradise
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]randre[/bold] wrote: There are more skate on here today than at 8,900 feet in tropical waters ffs.[/p][/quote]Skate infestation! Much worse than mush's beach.[/p][/quote]Spray the Bug repellent. I find the Poopey Scummers are like the flies on my beach, irritating but one good swat and it is end of!!! Some of them I find tickle me in some strange perverse way and so I spare them. My Beach is paradise Mush On The Beach
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5:06pm Fri 16 Nov 12

PTID1898 says...

COME ON QPR!!!
COME ON QPR!!! PTID1898
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6:12pm Fri 16 Nov 12

LeGod says...

For all you Saints fans backing Adkins i can understand but DO NOT underestimate Di Canio as he is going to manage in the Premier league. Yes he may be in charge of my team at the moment but what he has done in a short space of time and with his playing experience and contacts his pedigree is alot higher than Adkins. Dont get me wrong i want Adkins to succeed at you club as he has done well and deserves a good crack of the whip and if Cortese sacks him i feel he is making a grave mistake. Making the jump up is massive to the premier league but i feel the difference with Di Canio and Adkins is that Di Canio is more tactically aware and more intelligent when it comes to analysing teams they are playing.
I understand from one of the saints ex players that players are queing up to play for Di Canio and jump at the chance when interest is shown by our club and not many clubs can say that about there managers.
It will be a tough game tomorrow for you and who ever gets the three points will probably kick on from there.
i also heard that Saints wont have alot of money to spend in january and your failure is defensively without a doubt which is one area Di Canio would have sorted. i know we are lower league but last season we let in 1 goal at home in 7 months as Di Canio sorted the defence out and Adkins needs to do the same for you as an average of 3 goals per game you are letting in is definite relegation form.
So i hope adkins sorts you out as i want Di Canio to stay with us a while longer yet but i do feel its not long before he will be in the premier league managing a team.
Interestingly enough his two daughters go to university in Southampton so could there be something in that as well !!!
For all you Saints fans backing Adkins i can understand but DO NOT underestimate Di Canio as he is going to manage in the Premier league. Yes he may be in charge of my team at the moment but what he has done in a short space of time and with his playing experience and contacts his pedigree is alot higher than Adkins. Dont get me wrong i want Adkins to succeed at you club as he has done well and deserves a good crack of the whip and if Cortese sacks him i feel he is making a grave mistake. Making the jump up is massive to the premier league but i feel the difference with Di Canio and Adkins is that Di Canio is more tactically aware and more intelligent when it comes to analysing teams they are playing. I understand from one of the saints ex players that players are queing up to play for Di Canio and jump at the chance when interest is shown by our club and not many clubs can say that about there managers. It will be a tough game tomorrow for you and who ever gets the three points will probably kick on from there. i also heard that Saints wont have alot of money to spend in january and your failure is defensively without a doubt which is one area Di Canio would have sorted. i know we are lower league but last season we let in 1 goal at home in 7 months as Di Canio sorted the defence out and Adkins needs to do the same for you as an average of 3 goals per game you are letting in is definite relegation form. So i hope adkins sorts you out as i want Di Canio to stay with us a while longer yet but i do feel its not long before he will be in the premier league managing a team. Interestingly enough his two daughters go to university in Southampton so could there be something in that as well !!! LeGod
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6:34pm Fri 16 Nov 12

saintforever says...

lots of talk about harry nodding head being seen at de vere hotel in southampton -some say at the request of cortese!
does cortese not remember that it was nodding dog who helped take us down - he only goes where money can be spent - he leaves behind him a bad smell - he is like teflon -nothing ever sticks to him - if adkins has to go (and i dont want that) then please do not bring in harry
lots of talk about harry nodding head being seen at de vere hotel in southampton -some say at the request of cortese! does cortese not remember that it was nodding dog who helped take us down - he only goes where money can be spent - he leaves behind him a bad smell - he is like teflon -nothing ever sticks to him - if adkins has to go (and i dont want that) then please do not bring in harry saintforever
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6:34pm Fri 16 Nov 12

saintforever says...

lots of talk about harry nodding head being seen at de vere hotel in southampton -some say at the request of cortese!
does cortese not remember that it was nodding dog who helped take us down - he only goes where money can be spent - he leaves behind him a bad smell - he is like teflon -nothing ever sticks to him - if adkins has to go (and i dont want that) then please do not bring in harry
lots of talk about harry nodding head being seen at de vere hotel in southampton -some say at the request of cortese! does cortese not remember that it was nodding dog who helped take us down - he only goes where money can be spent - he leaves behind him a bad smell - he is like teflon -nothing ever sticks to him - if adkins has to go (and i dont want that) then please do not bring in harry saintforever
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6:34pm Fri 16 Nov 12

saintforever says...

lots of talk about harry nodding head being seen at de vere hotel in southampton -some say at the request of cortese!
does cortese not remember that it was nodding dog who helped take us down - he only goes where money can be spent - he leaves behind him a bad smell - he is like teflon -nothing ever sticks to him - if adkins has to go (and i dont want that) then please do not bring in harry
lots of talk about harry nodding head being seen at de vere hotel in southampton -some say at the request of cortese! does cortese not remember that it was nodding dog who helped take us down - he only goes where money can be spent - he leaves behind him a bad smell - he is like teflon -nothing ever sticks to him - if adkins has to go (and i dont want that) then please do not bring in harry saintforever
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8:13pm Fri 16 Nov 12

redandy10 says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
randre wrote:
There are more skate on here today than at 8,900 feet in tropical waters ffs.
Skate infestation! Much worse than mush's beach.
Spray the Bug repellent.
I find the Poopey Scummers are like the flies on my beach, irritating but one good swat and it is end of!!! Some of them I find tickle me in some strange perverse way and so I spare them.

My Beach is paradise
Wonderful stuff! How many hours did you spend on the toilet thinking that b******s up? You might want to get your Christmas crackers early!
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]randre[/bold] wrote: There are more skate on here today than at 8,900 feet in tropical waters ffs.[/p][/quote]Skate infestation! Much worse than mush's beach.[/p][/quote]Spray the Bug repellent. I find the Poopey Scummers are like the flies on my beach, irritating but one good swat and it is end of!!! Some of them I find tickle me in some strange perverse way and so I spare them. My Beach is paradise[/p][/quote]Wonderful stuff! How many hours did you spend on the toilet thinking that b******s up? You might want to get your Christmas crackers early! redandy10
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9:40pm Fri 16 Nov 12

derek james says...

anyone who doubts what a new manager can do just needs to look at b'mth since howe returned need a min of 3 points, even a moron like retford can see that
anyone who doubts what a new manager can do just needs to look at b'mth since howe returned need a min of 3 points, even a moron like retford can see that derek james
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2:23pm Sat 17 Nov 12

POJ1976 says...

You gotta luv that little fella. Never shy of a few words and still spending his hard-earned dosh for the red and white cause.
You gotta luv that little fella. Never shy of a few words and still spending his hard-earned dosh for the red and white cause. POJ1976
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