Saints boss Mauricio's mind is on the job

Daily Echo: Pochettino directs operations at St Mary's last night Pochettino directs operations at St Mary's last night

Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino wants the focus to be on the football his team plays after overseeing a goalless draw with Everton in his first game in charge of the Saints.

The Argentinian's appointment came as fans' favourite Nigel Adkins was sacked and rumours were rife of a supporters' backlash towards both Pochettino and Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese.

But a scintillating start by the home side ensured the crowd stayed with the former Espanyol boss and his players as they came close to causing an upset by beating fifth-placed Everton, with Pochettino insisting he wanted focus to be on Barclays Premier League survival.

"I've been offered a job, an opportunity, and I've taken it," he said. "I'm happy how the fans have greeted me, and how the players have greeted me, and I just want to focus on my work. That's what I'm here to do.

"I have the maximum respect for the previous manager. It's never nice to take over from another manager who's been let go, but that's just how it's been."

Asked about fans' support for Adkins, he said: "That's freedom of speech. It's normal that they think that after a couple of seasons of him being in charge.

"I credit the previous manager for the work he did here. But now I really want to focus on my tenure here and the future of the club here under me, and the goals we've set out to achieve."

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10:29am Tue 22 Jan 13

mbetts says...

Found this online:

New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has paid "credit" to former boss Nigel Adkins for the work that he did to take the Saints up to the Premier League.

The Spaniard, who took over from Adkins last Friday, had a positive start to his tenure by holding Everton to a goalless draw at St Mary's last night.

"I have the maximum respect for the previous manager," BBC Sport quotes Pochettino as saying. "It's never nice to take over from another manager who's been let go, but that's just how it's been.

"I credit the previous manager for the work he did here. But now I really want to focus on my tenure here and the future of the club here under me, and the goals we've set out to achieve."

Strange that this story never got a banner headline?
Found this online: New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has paid "credit" to former boss Nigel Adkins for the work that he did to take the Saints up to the Premier League. The Spaniard, who took over from Adkins last Friday, had a positive start to his tenure by holding Everton to a goalless draw at St Mary's last night. "I have the maximum respect for the previous manager," BBC Sport quotes Pochettino as saying. "It's never nice to take over from another manager who's been let go, but that's just how it's been. "I credit the previous manager for the work he did here. But now I really want to focus on my tenure here and the future of the club here under me, and the goals we've set out to achieve." Strange that this story never got a banner headline? mbetts

10:47am Tue 22 Jan 13

Rising_Son says...

mbetts wrote:
Found this online:

New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has paid "credit" to former boss Nigel Adkins for the work that he did to take the Saints up to the Premier League.

The Spaniard, who took over from Adkins last Friday, had a positive start to his tenure by holding Everton to a goalless draw at St Mary's last night.

"I have the maximum respect for the previous manager," BBC Sport quotes Pochettino as saying. "It's never nice to take over from another manager who's been let go, but that's just how it's been.

"I credit the previous manager for the work he did here. But now I really want to focus on my tenure here and the future of the club here under me, and the goals we've set out to achieve."

Strange that this story never got a banner headline?
It's also strange because he isn't Spanish.
[quote][p][bold]mbetts[/bold] wrote: Found this online: New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has paid "credit" to former boss Nigel Adkins for the work that he did to take the Saints up to the Premier League. The Spaniard, who took over from Adkins last Friday, had a positive start to his tenure by holding Everton to a goalless draw at St Mary's last night. "I have the maximum respect for the previous manager," BBC Sport quotes Pochettino as saying. "It's never nice to take over from another manager who's been let go, but that's just how it's been. "I credit the previous manager for the work he did here. But now I really want to focus on my tenure here and the future of the club here under me, and the goals we've set out to achieve." Strange that this story never got a banner headline?[/p][/quote]It's also strange because he isn't Spanish. Rising_Son

7:24pm Tue 22 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

He has just been on Sky Revista, a precis of what he said is at
http://www.not606.co
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He has just been on Sky Revista, a precis of what he said is at http://www.not606.co m/showthread.php/191 997-Exclusive-Pochet tino-interview-on-SS 1-any-time-now-Revis ta-De-La-Liga OSPREYSAINT

8:02pm Tue 22 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

My favourite quote Jesus Speaks English!
My favourite quote Jesus Speaks English! OSPREYSAINT

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