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    SaintMax wrote:
    St Retford wrote:
    SaintMax wrote:
    NC must have considered the disruption factor. If he removes Nigel at this stage of the season, could the team keep going for a few weeks using its own momentum, characters in the dressing room and coaching staff until Mau is up to speed?
    He must have...
    Maybe he factored in the new manager effect ahead of an incredibly tricky run of games? Teams normally up their game for a new gaffer, and if we can do that over the next few weeks we might take more points that we otherwise would have. (A win at Old Trafford wouldn't half get the doubters on side.)
    we have fequently been done over by teams with new managers, it can turn the form book upside down.. Brighton rings a bell.
    New gaffer means any complacent players have to prove themselves again.
    Whilst I loved Nigel, he was often a little too annoyingly optmistic and a yes man. I sometimes wanted him to say that we got turned over, I should not have taken Rickie off and we kept givng the ball away.
    I love Nigel too - it's hard not to because he's a lovable kind of guy.

    Equally, mind, I also have the utmost respect for Nicola in his determination to do what is in the best interests of this football club. Maybe he's moving too fast for some supporters, but I'd rather have a guy determined to drag us in the right direction and who backs his judgement up with financial investment than I would someone who considers our natural status to be relegation-dodgers.

    Sometimes he's going to upset people but I don't think he really cares so long as his decisions pay off. As a wise man once said, faint heart never made an omelette for fair lady without breaking eggs. Or something like that..."
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Pep's backing for new Saints boss Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Saints News
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by Joseph Sexton

Mauricio Pochettino’s remarkable work with the Espanyol youth academy helped win him a dream job with Saints – and the backing of ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola!

The 40-year-old Argentinian was sacked by the La Liga club towards the end of last November with Espanyol bottom of the table.

In his last 20 league games with the club, stretching back to the end of last season, the new Saints boss won just three and lost 13.

During his 145 games in the Spanish top flight with Barcelona-based Espanyol, Pochettino’s win ratio was 34 per cent with 44 per cent of games lost.

But it was his work with Espanyol’s academy that mainly attracted him to Saints chairman Nicola Cortese.

Pochettino is held in high regard in Spain, and Bayern Munich boss in waiting Guardiola has said: “I admire him for his ideals, his character. The foundations of his principles are always the same.”

Saints’ academy has produced gems in recent years such as Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Alex Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and now Luke Shaw.

But Espanyol’s record is even more impressive, and Pochettino takes a lot of credit for that.

They have produced a remarkable 15 Spanish internationals across all age levels since the turn of the Millennium.

Around forty players currently appearing in Spain’s top two divisions have come from Espanyol.

Cortese has said he wants to build a Barcelona-type model at Saints. Seven of the Barca side that started the 2009 Champions League final were home-grown, and Cortese believes he can oversee such a system at St Mary’s.

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