Massive task at Saints for Mauricio

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Mauricio Pochettino better be broad shouldered because he is taking on a massive task.

The first thing to remember is that it’s not his fault that he was offered, and accepted, the job. Adkins’ dismissal is not his fault either.

However, he has to hit the ground running in some very tough circumstances.

There is sure to be a backlash from Saints fans after a popular manager was binned in such a cut-throat manner.

To stop the atmosphere turning very sour very quickly, he needs instant results.

His first two games are against Everton at St Mary’s tonight and Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday week.

You could scarcely pick two harder games.

They are ones that, in reality, Saints might have lost with Adkins in charge.

There will be no let up for the new man, though.

After the recent form of the team under Adkins, two defeats will see the atmosphere turning – and that before a vital trip to fellow relegation candidates Wigan.

So Pochettino has to make an instant impact.

That will be the case in the dressing room as well, but his lack of experience of English football and current inability to speak the language is not going to help him.

Nor is the fact that Adkins’ staff, who did at least know the players and the division, have fallen by the wayside.

Perhaps it will be over to Les Reed to provide some filler advice.

The expectation levels will be high.

Saints won back-to-back promotions under Adkins and looked on course to retain their Premier League status.

But despite that, according to Nicola Cortese, he wasn’t the right man to achieve the club’s long term targets.

Therefore, we have to judge Pochettino beyond merely keeping Saints up.

He has to take them at least one step beyond that.

That will be tough, without a decent amount more money being spent.

The new man might not yet realise just what he has let himself in for ...

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9:30am Mon 21 Jan 13

City Saint says...

It's a grim start.

Cortese can kiss my ***.
It's a grim start. Cortese can kiss my ***. City Saint
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9:38am Mon 21 Jan 13

jerseysaint says...

My main concern is that the players respond to the new manager as they
all seemed to love NA as long as they
want to play for him then we should stay up if they dont respond then im afraid not only will we go down but we will lose our best players.
My main concern is that the players respond to the new manager as they all seemed to love NA as long as they want to play for him then we should stay up if they dont respond then im afraid not only will we go down but we will lose our best players. jerseysaint
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9:52am Mon 21 Jan 13

magnette says...

If he and the team let in less than 6 goals in the 2 games then he will be doing better than NA.
If you wanna wave white hankies then read this first...

http://www.dailystar
.co.uk/football/view
/294222/?

I'm surprised the Echo didn't cut n' paste that story? ;-)
If he and the team let in less than 6 goals in the 2 games then he will be doing better than NA. If you wanna wave white hankies then read this first... http://www.dailystar .co.uk/football/view /294222/? I'm surprised the Echo didn't cut n' paste that story? ;-) magnette
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10:24am Mon 21 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

magnette wrote:
If he and the team let in less than 6 goals in the 2 games then he will be doing better than NA.
If you wanna wave white hankies then read this first...

http://www.dailystar

.co.uk/football/view

/294222/?

I'm surprised the Echo didn't cut n' paste that story? ;-)
Good article. I hope everyone going tonight reads it.
[quote][p][bold]magnette[/bold] wrote: If he and the team let in less than 6 goals in the 2 games then he will be doing better than NA. If you wanna wave white hankies then read this first... http://www.dailystar .co.uk/football/view /294222/? I'm surprised the Echo didn't cut n' paste that story? ;-)[/p][/quote]Good article. I hope everyone going tonight reads it. Strasbourg Saint
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12:27pm Mon 21 Jan 13

miltonarcher says...

Daily Star - ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Daily Star - ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha miltonarcher
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