Report this comment
  • "
    Rockhopper wrote:
    Cortese should stop thinking he is Saints version of Roman Abramovich.
    His ego has made him think he can decide which players to buy rather than the manager.
    The major difference being Abramovich puts his own money in to the club.
    If your manager had spent the best part of £10 million quid on Jay Rod, Billy Sharp and Jonathan Forte (3 1/2 year deal anyone?) and you had supported a failed £6 million bid for Celtic's Gary Hooper (no one from the top flight wants him now other than Norwich), as COE would you not be questioning whether or not you had got your monies worth. (You might also be questioning your own judgment as well as your manager's??) I am playing Devil's Advocate here. Do you really think NC said "I know what Nigel - I am gonna buy nearly all of your ex-strikers for you all over again plus anyone else you might fancy!!??). Can't speak for the Gaston deal - don't know who was behind that. Its not clear exactly when transfer dealings were ever completely taken away from the manager or whether they ever were. No one on the outside knows, but if those examples are not complete support for your manager I don't know what is. As for Abramovich - if he wants to waste £50 million quid out of his own pocket that is up to him. NC seems to drive a harder bargain. Most of NA's best signings IMO have been the bargain deals (Cork, Chaplow, Jos H, although he wasn't the first choice CB to be chased at the time). I would say that most of our transfer deals from day 1 with AP and then through NA have been fairly astute and necessary and nearly all turned out to be worth the money given where we are now. Anyone begrudge the reported £1million spent on SLR or Jose? Maybe Waigo and Guly came via NC's contacts, I don't know, but other than Gaston we have not thrown "silly" money around. We will have to wait and see how Veggem turns out. Being like Abramovich with money and players is not the background and behaviour of the people behind saving SFC and that maybe partly the reason why NC took the action that he did. Everyone on here who thinks that lots of transfer deals are imminent I think are misguided by the usual transfer window media frenzy with agents spreading gossip and rumour in respect of dis-affected players. The DE knows no more than what anyone else can read from twitter and the like."
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.

  • Enter the above word in the box below

Saints chairman Nicola Cortese defends replacing Nigel Adkins with Mauricio Pochettino

Nicola Cortese

Nicola Cortese

First published in Saints News
Last updated

Southampton's executive chairman, Nicola Cortese, has defended his controversial sacking of Nigel Adkins, describing the timing as ''perfect''.

Adkins was relieved of his managerial duties nine days ago after taking the club to back-to-back promotions and 15th place in the Premier League, with his dismissal arriving two days after a 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

He was immediately replaced by Argentinean Mauricio Pochettino, with the general consensus being that Adkins had been harshly treated.

The Southampton fans certainly felt so and sang their former manager's name during the 0-0 draw with Everton last Monday, but Cortese stands by the move he made.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, he said: ''Nigel and I, we always had a very good relationship, to the last second. It was very tough, not just for him but for me.

''To me, there's one time, which is right, especially if you are 100% convinced it is the right thing. Ultimately for the team it was the right thing, it was perfect timing ''It sounds harsh but it was for the benefit of the progress we want to achieve over the next couple of months and years. It's not only for today but for tomorrow.''

Cortese has attracted criticism in the wake of the sacking, with Saints icon Matt Le Tissier accusing him of having an ego problem.

According to Cortese, though, everything he does is for the benefit of Southampton.

He added: ''Maybe I need to sacrifice my popularity to get the right decision. If that's the case, I'm happy.

''I am a perfectionist. Some people say that's not good, but it helps the football club to keep attention to detail and not stand still.''

On Le Tissier, a one-club man afforded hero status by the Saints fans, he said: ''I don't even know him, he's never met me. Anyone in the past who is associated with the club is stirring negativity towards me should probably ask if it's beneficial for the club. I would not allow myself to judge someone I have never met.''

On the future of the club, but as a whole and with Le Tissier, Cortese asked everyone to get behind his vision.

He said: ''I'd like in the future, for the supporters to buy more into what we do as a club. Not players, managers or chairmen, the club.

''I am not excluding anyone. Anyone who has Southampton at heart has a place.''

Le Tissier wants clear-the-air talks with Cortese. Read the full story here.

Comments (131)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree