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    milton road wrote:
    Blogg after blogg on here by the Echo is anti Cortese.
    Being anti Cortese it is aimed at undermining the stability of the club.
    The very thing Cortese and our owners have tried to give it.
    The Echo is not user friendly to Saints.
    It shows nothing positive from MP's interview yesterday which was a good one.
    It takes snippets form Cortese's but is not positive.
    Its not reporting news.
    News is Saints have signed someone, Saints training in Barca. Saints face M Utd what influence will have MP had on the team by then.
    All we see are articles aimed at trying to push Cortese and our owners out.
    You know there are some great pictures on the gallery of Saints in barca and you know what the players are relaxed and laughing and joking with the new training staff and manager as well as amongst themselves.
    I was sad to see NA go, but he has gone and we have to move on.
    As for this article this was probably said at the time, not weeks after the event and shows the petty vindictive face of the echo towards our club.
    Thank you, you just said everything i had to say so will just quote you instead"
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Reading boss Brian McDermott hits out over sacking of Nigel Adkins

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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