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  • "What worries me is the cowardly way that NC let Adkins find out from tv.
    Are we dealing with a man such as Markus who knew that unpleasant news can be given sensitively which enhances power. NC lacks class, I fear that the idea is to sell Saints at a top dollar with a purchased solution.
    The Football fates may not share that vision. People get their just deserts but not always straight away. Lowe took years to reduce us. At least I feel it is not in NCs interest to damage his brand. We need our stripes back next season, and fully expect another Italian designed strip which of course is NCs style,!
    Without care NC could very easily alienate people like me who loved Saints for their character.
    I could not follow a team that cheats or is thuggish. Saw all of that in the sixties and seventies. I do like to see real skill outplay thuggishness, like our best players have always done.
    I'll always be a saint yet I reserve my right to support the club financially depending on if I think that they are worth it. Under Wupert I did not go to a match for eight years because it was obvious that his project must fail.
    I don't feel that way about NC yet. However what a gamble. If he took on the bad guy image for the good of the club it might work, but if he acted arrogantly time will find him and Saints out.
    I will give tonight a miss, coz it's along way in bad weather, I'm not boycotting the match but still annoyed enough to feel indifferent to making the effort.
    Never the less Come on you 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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