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    carllewis1966 wrote:
    As a supporter of lowly scunthorpe i have been following this story over the last couple of days.I feel nigel was stabbed in the back just like many of your previous managers.As saints fans do you realise how good a manager he really was for your club it seems many of your fans have soon got over his sacking and some agreeing wth corteses decision.I think you will end up back where you was when nigel took over.
    Hi Carl,

    I understand that's how it may look, and there are some people on here (a minority, it seems from post numbers) who agree with the decision.

    However, what many of us have done is gone from total shock and outrage at the time of the decision to the acceptance that it has happened so there's nothing to be done. Once you've made that decision, there is only one thing left, which is to support the team. I think what you're getting is resignation to what's happened rather than outright support (from most).

    You may be right and this may be the start of a slide. I'm sure you'll appreciate that, as fans, we don't want it to be and we'd love this to lead to greater success. However, whatever happens, we just need to stand behind the team.

    NA was a big believer in controlling the controllables. All we can control that might help our team is the level of support. We'd be mad not to give as much as we can."
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Pep's backing for new Saints boss Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Saints News
Last updated

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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