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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.
    Spot on. Cheers pal. Unfortunately many of those that you are referring to seem to have just appeared out of the woodwork as many are usernames I have not seen before.

    Where we're all these people with the pro NC/anti NA comments before the sacking? Still in the vast minority keeping their heads down that's where!

    I think it's clear the vast majority of us are disappointed in this decision. Time will tell if it is another masterstroke by NC. Some have pointed out that NC has made good albeit tough decisions so far and got everything right. Well, we all make mistakes no matter how good we are. I fear that this could well be NC's first major one. I hope for the sake of our great club that I am wrong.

    As I said, time will tell. I will be behind the team 100% tonight as ever, but I stand by my opinions and I will have no shame in exerting my right as a fan (and season ticket holder) to demonstrate my feelings over this decision. It doesn't make me any less of a fan. I'm entitled to vent my opinion as is everyone else. I will not be affected or deterred by those that say I shouldn't.

    I will say again however, just to make it clear to any fool waiting to jump all over my comments. I WILL still be 100% behind the team tonight.

    COYR (and "one nigel Adkins!")
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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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