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  • "carllewis1966 says...
    10:33am Mon 21 Jan 13

    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.

    Milton road reply
    Believe me the majority of fans are upset by it, well upset.
    We are also in the position of having to put it aside and backing the team 100% or we will go down.
    No most of us believe NA should not have been sacked and in the short term at least will effect club and player morale.
    NA in my opinion could have taken us all the way to Europe given time. he created a stability and unity that deserved better treatment than he got.
    Yet going back to when NA was appointed, there is this nagging feeling of something said about appointing a manager to get us to the premiership and then a manager to take us up the premiership.
    Still got a feeling that in time NA will end up at M.U. or Liverpool. It seems everyone around the country from managers to fans rate NA, everyone that is other than Cortese.

    We are no longer a family club, in the first season after admin we won the paint pot, the next runners up and promotion, the next runners up and promotion. We never had a celebration for promotion, our owners never turned up for the last game to see it sealed and Cortese barely shook NA's hand cos it was considered failure we had not finished 1st.
    Cortese has never steered us wrong on anything yet.
    Yet Iike many i feel badly about this, the way it was done, to a man we felt deserved to be our manager.
    If Cortese has this wrong we are relegated. Until now I never doubted we would stay up."
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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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