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  • "The trouble when managers are sacked is the lack of information, we only get to hear what they want us to hear.We dont know what type of relationship the manager and chairman had, the chairman has never come out publicly and stated how good NA has been we have only ever heard that NA is facing the sack whenever the chairman has been mentioned.
    They may not have got on behind the scenes which is a distinct possibility and when that happens sometimes managers disappear regardless of the effect of the team. also we have not heard from many saints players who are shocked at what has happened, in fact nothing from the team so i guess they have been told to hush up by the almighty chairman lol.Gone are the days when all we used to talk about at football is the match , most talk nowadays is who the chairman has sacked / not got on with/ been to involved in transfers and on the pitch activity.
    To be fair we have not seen this chairman involving himself with on the field affairs, well not in public anyway.If this was done a few months ago not to much would have been said, or if we were replacing NA with a well known manager with proven ability again not much would have been said.I think it is just the timing as everyone has said, and the unproven new manager who does not speak English.Most people would now expect the manager to take a couple of months to settle which might be a disaster for saints as we need the team to remain stable.Hopefully also we dont start having players handing in requests to leave now NA has gone..Good luck NA in whoever you manage you will do well.
    Lets hope that this has no detrimental effect on the players and the the way we play
    COYR 2-1 win tonight"
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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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