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  • "This is a difficult time for all of us. There is a big bit of me that feels very sorry for NA and my loyalty to his acheivements for our club has made me feel very uncomfortable about the way he was dismissed. However there is another part of me that has watched as the team have struggled with the technical approach of playing out of the back line, in fact sometimes it felt almost embarassing. NA for some reason just did not have that knowledge to pass on to the players. Also some of the multiple substitutions that were made when the team were defending a lead made me feel uncomfortable as well. Bringing on fresh players sounds logical but if you are defending a lead you have helped create you often fight harder than a fresh pair of legs. i think your commitment is higher as the minutes tick away. Let us not forget we have dropped 17 points from winning positions and that is a worrying statistic that is telling us all something not just the manager. I can't be there tonight because the match was changed to Monday night from Saturday for monetary reasons, i had even purchased my rail ticket which is non refundable. But if our team can make some extra cash because of sky i will not complain. Likewise I will not complain if in the long run we support a team that can compete at the highest level in a sustaineable way,even if the route to get to that position is uncomfortable, ruthless and difficult for our sentimentalities. Please everyone, by all means sing NA's name tonight at the beginning, but the king is dead long live the king. Please cheer our team on"
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Saints fan backs Nicola Cortese's judgement

Nicola Cortese

Nicola Cortese

First published in Saints News

NIGEL Adkins was not the man to take Saints to the next level.

That is the view of Saints fan Grant Goddard who has written to the Daily Echo in the wake of Adkins’ sensational sacking.

Goddard writes: “I do not claim to speak for any other Saints fans but am writing this because I am fed up of current media portrayal of how the club is being run. I am not the only one who feels this way.

Firstly can I say, I was and am still a massive fan of Nigel Adkins, from the moment he was first linked with the job, and saw interviews of how he spoke about our interest, I was sold that he was the man to take us back to the Premiership.

Do I think Nigel should have been sacked? No.

Do I think he was the right man to take us onto the next level? Unfortunately no. As a club we want to attract big names to play for us, and as we don’t have the club history of a Liverpool then we need to rely more heavily on the manager to help attract a better level of player. Nigel, while I think the world of him, at this time is not that man.

The sorts of players we have been linked with at times have been two very different areas. Some have been players who we are battling the likes of top 6 teams for, and others are very good Championship players who we are competing with Norwich or Villa for.

And I mean no disrespect to those teams, but I feel our club is trying to aim high than that. I would have liked Nigel to have stayed with us until the summer when the season could have been assessed and a statement of intent to step up a level could have been made by Nicola Cortese in a more media friendly way. However, this is not how football works.

I believe this is a decision that was made months ago, maybe caused by our lack of ability to sign some of the desired targets in the summer, who knows.

While in many ways it does feel sneaky that things have been going on in the background, is this not the best possible change over? Would weeks of “who will be the new manager?” have helped our campaign?

For the people who question Nicola Cortese sacking a manager after a 4-0 win and now a 2-2 draw at Chelsea, would you rather a chairman who panic sacks a manager after a 6-1 defeat to Arsenal?

Plus when you have decided on your new manager, who is to say he will be available when its “media friendly” convenient to sack your current one?

Rumours of a meeting with NC and the first team in the summer have now come out where he stated many were not good enough for the Premiership. You could argue that we have replaced at least 5 or 6 of the regular starting line of last year with better players (GK, LB,RB, a CB, RW?, CF) and still we are only just above the bottom 3.

Where do we honestly believe we would have been without them? And where are the fans “up in arms” for players like Richardson who was excellent for us for two seasons and now barely gets a sniff? NC has had to make a lot of tough decisions over his time with the club, and I for one have yet to see anything that has played out to be a bad move in time.

As the Echo stated in an article over the last few days, Pochettino “will be judged on results & Cortese could end up being praised for it if it goes right”. The end of this season and next is where this decision should be judged, but I hope NC is proven to have made a correct, bold call.”

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