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    BrixtonSaint wrote:
    I guess I'm not really in the position to comment as I don't read the local papers or forums of other clubs but I have to say I really do think Saints have the biggest bunch of dumb pr1cks following them of any club in the league.

    First of all the Echo is slag ged off for reporting news and then another managers' comments and the reporting of them are shouted down as unworthy of reporting.

    Get feckin real you utter bunch of to ssers. I really am embarrassed to be associated with such mentalists.

    The first thing you say is that you aren't in a position to comment and then you do exactly that.....

    Let me enlighten you.
    The DE is banned from St Mary's.
    The DE do not support Cortese
    The DE think they are a national red top rather than a local rag (delusions of grandeur)

    All of these stories you can see are a poor attempt by the DE to stir up some sort of rubbish and create off field drama.

    All of the regular contributors on here realise this and are saying so.

    None of us like the manner of Nigel's dismissal. But we are not in a position to actually do anything about it. So most of us have moved on since there is nothing to be done.
    consider this: Have any of the continued protests by the Chelsea fans brought back Di Matteo? no. the only result of those protests has been Chelsea's poor form at home.
    As fans of this great club we don't want the lads on the pitch to perform poorly since, as you should know being a fan yourself, Saints are not safe yet.
    So please, look at what is actually happening here before having a go at your fellow Saints fans."
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Reading boss Brian McDermott hits out over sacking of Nigel Adkins

Brian McDermott

Brian McDermott

First published in Saints News
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Reading manager Brian McDermott has criticised Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese over the sacking of Nigel Adkins.

Adkins led Saints to two successive promotions and had guided the club out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone recently, but he was fired nine days ago and replaced by Mauricio Pochettino.

Having also taken his team up to the top flight last summer, McDermott knows how difficult managing a newly-promoted side can be.

The Royals boss, like Adkins, endured a tricky start to the season, but as has been the case with Saints, Reading have now seemingly turned a corner following an improvement in form.

McDermott has been thankful that the Reading owner Anton Zingarevich has kept faith with him through the club's rocky period and poured scorn on Cortese's treatment of Adkins, whose name was absent from Southampton's matchday programme for Pochettino's first game in charge against Everton.

''What I thought was sad was what Nigel Adkins has done for Southampton wasn't even mentioned in that programme at the Everton game. Let's have a bit of respect. That's not right,'' the Reading manager said.

''That's not right and proper. What he has done for that club has been phenomenal.

''What I find fascinating about owners is that managers who lose games start to learn. They pick up a few points. Then they are sacked. It doesn't make any sense to me.

''For me, you learn from experience. Nigel struggled at the start of the season. Then he loses two games in 12 and gets the sack.

''It doesn't seem like the right thing to do.''

McDermott has grown close to Adkins over the last few years and he hopes the former Scunthorpe boss gets another shot at the big time soon.

''Nigel has earned the right to do so,'' McDermott added.

''No one can pick and choose their jobs in management - but he has been a fantastic manager at Scunthorpe and Southampton.''


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