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    City Saint wrote:
    Tirau Dan wrote:
    I enjoy it when this man speaks in public.. he makes sense, you can see he means what he says and knows he's acting for good reasons.

    I'll allow myself to judge someone I've never met: Matt Le Tissier has behaved shockingly... and should apologise...
    *Throw in scam
    *Fialka Micky mouse sage and flipant golf course comments from pinnacle
    *And his anti Cortese attitude problem has been Anti Club and he never even met the man..

    Sorry Dan, but Le tiss is a living legend for this club, and he's a fan, too. I've met him a fair few times, and while he is occasionally a bit of a fool when it comes to women and money, he's a straight up guy and gets out NS about in he community too. MLT is a platinum plated Saint, and he's only saying what. Lot of us are thinking about nicola.

    If they could indeed clear the air, as Matt suggested, maybe Matt could help Nicola find a touch with the fans that would turn him into a legend too. Given all that cortese has done for us already, it's such a shame that his first touch always lets him down.
    Ah, what a refreshing contribution, from a fellow fan that doesn't always buy into the 'blind faith' routine at all costs, and has given some serious thought to matters concerning 'our' football team.
    Too many people on here see things in black and white (careful what you wish for, may never see red and white stripes again) and these are the ones that give succour to these dictatorial football 'visionaries' that are taking over our 'beautiful game'- and i am sorry to see that the normally level-headed and succinct Tirau Dan appears to be gravitating into this comedy maelstrom.
    This club has just lost it's most highly undervalued (and underpaid) PR man and still the plebians run around barking 'man up, support your club' (at all costs?) while it's being visibly highjacked and packaged as a successful 'product/project' that just happens to be in Southampton. It's these lemming-like 'fans' that should run off now to Man City or Chelski or QPR or MKD if they buy into all this bunk. Or maybe, 'man up' and fight this corporate tide for Southampton- the pride of the South!
    If you do read this: Thank you Nicola, but a step too far, you need to get your PR machine out of first gear before everyone wakes up. We're waiting."
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Saints chairman Nicola Cortese defends replacing Nigel Adkins with Mauricio Pochettino

Nicola Cortese

Nicola Cortese

First published in Saints News
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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.

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