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    waynem7 wrote:
    Firstly i would like to thank nigel adkins and the back room staff for all they did for sfc we the fans will always be grateful. i do hope that cortese did sack him in the correct manor and not as reported in the press, although i am sad to see adkins gone i do think that cortese has done this for the good of southampton football club, some of the signings that were made in the summer were not of prem quality, jay rod, mayuka, boruc we spent so much time trying to convince gaston to sign that we seem to have forgot that we might need some defenders. we spent nearly £30 million and sit just outside the relagation zone with some tough fixtures coming up. so maybe time for a change we all were not happy when pardew went and when adkins arrived alot of fans were not happy but look how that turned out now mauricio has arrived and with backing from some good managers in spain who know him and the spanish media seem to like him too so good luck to him he deserves full backing from all the fans, i dont see the point in protesting tonight it wont bring back adkins and showing cortese that we are not happy will do nothing either alot of people who are on here moaning about cortese what has he done really?? not let us down with any decision he has made everything he has done is to better southampton football club he is trusted by the owners and we should trust him too. good luck tonight COYR
    Who identified these players and whos'e idea was it to pay over the top prices ?
    From the rumour mill all season it seams to have been Cortese pulling the strings.
    A bit like Lowe did to Strachan, which is why he threw his dolly out of the pram at Fulham and said he was off.
    I hope one day Nigel will be allowed to spill the beans on his time at Saints."
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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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