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    Sainty saint saint wrote:
    I don't necessarily have a problem with NA being sacked (although I do think it was a bad idea, and NA could have turned out to be a great manager for us long-term), but my main issue is with the manner of the sacking.

    I understand what people are saying about NC having the best intentions for the club, etc. but that doesn't mean you have to carry out your business in such an unprincipled way.

    It could have been handled much better, and I think that's most Saints fans' issue with it all.

    I can't imagine Markus dealing with it this way. I CAN imagine him buying into NC's vision that a new manager is required, but he wouldn't have been so disrespectful to a good manager.

    I see nothing wrong with fans chanting Nigel's name before the match, showing our support for a great Saints manager and thanking him for what he did. But then we need to support the team as it is now, and the new manager, regardless of the poorly managed transition.
    My sentiments exactly, no matter what has gone on and what we as fans feel Nigel deserved to be treated with with a bit more respect.
    It seems that Cortese doesn't know how to act in a decent way.
    It leaves me with a gut feeling that southampton FC and I include the fans in that have let Nigel down, after he has given us so much to smile about in the last 2 and a half years.
    I really wish Nigel luck and hope he goes on to better things.
    I think the rest of the footballing world are waiting for us to fall on our arses, when we as fans don't deserve that, all of this because of the appaling way this has been handled.
    I will be chanting his name tonight, but during the game getting behind the team,"
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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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