Judge a man by his actions, not by his words after Nigel Adkins' sacking by Nicola Cortese

Judge a man by his actions, not by his words

Nigel Adkins

Nicola Cortese

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in View from the Chapel Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Digital Editor

They say it is always best to judge a man by his actions rather than his words.

All the time he was manager here, Nigel Adkins’ words were seldom interesting. He avoided simple questions, repeated clichés and always spoke about “being on the bus” or “in the building.”

Some people found that endearing, some people found it annoying.

His actions however, were most impressive. Back-to-back promotions, attacking football and the best win ratio of any Saints manager in many a decade.

The whispers have been around for a while. Many fans refused to entertain the idea that chairman Nicola Cortese would even consider getting rid of the former Scunthorpe boss.

We now know for definite that this has most certainly been in the offing for quite sometime.

The new manager himself said he has been researching the team “for weeks” – whilst that may be a coincidence, it’s hard to imagine it’s not linked to the appointment yesterday.

The reaction to Adkins’ departure has been what you would expect. Of the 10,000 votes cast on this site by yesterday evening, 94 per cent were against Adkins’ sacking.

Now, admittedly there was a similar reaction to Pardew’s exit but to be fair to Adkins, Pardew’s team had just beaten Bristol Rovers – Wednesday night’s draw with the reigning Champions of Europe was probably a bit more impressive.

Adkins was here long enough to build a rapport with the supporters and it would also be hard to imagine the team without picturing him. In the time he was here, he had become the personification of Southampton Football Club.

His was a team devoid of standout egos in the public eye, so as leader he become the person many would first think of when Saints were mentioned.

Now, it’s far too early to have an opinion on Mauricio Pochettino – after all, what do any of us know of him other than what’s on Wikipedia?

The one thing that is setting alarm bells ringing however is that he does not speak English. No doubt he has already started learning and probably knows far more than many think, but you just have to see the accusations thrown at Trappattoni and Capello for what managers can expect when things turn sour for a non-Anglophone manager.

Hopefully it will not come to that and the Argentine will be a raging success.

What is concerning though is Cortese’s decision to stay away from Pochettino’s unveiling. It would be something of a baptism of fire for the manager at the best of times, but the chairman should have been there to back the new man and explain why Adkins was jettisoned.

It’s well and good putting statements which professional public relations experts have taken their time to polish and make as asinine as possible, but nothing is quite the same as standing up and facing the difficult questions that need to be answered.

Judge a man by his actions, not by his words.

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10:22pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Bingo from Sholing says...

An excellent article if I may so, and not just because I agree with its contents. It is unsurprising that Adkins found some difficulty expressing himself expansively to the Press when he had such a back-stabbing verme as a boss.
An excellent article if I may so, and not just because I agree with its contents. It is unsurprising that Adkins found some difficulty expressing himself expansively to the Press when he had such a back-stabbing verme as a boss. Bingo from Sholing
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8:00am Sun 20 Jan 13

WECOMING4U says...

Good article , as much as I dislike NC just got a funny feeling this could turn out to be a master stroke.
Good article , as much as I dislike NC just got a funny feeling this could turn out to be a master stroke. WECOMING4U
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11:09am Sun 20 Jan 13

oldboy67 says...

does the writer of this article tell his boss what to do i don`t think so, so why does he incite others to do what he would not do, he is just jumping on the bandwagon.na was out of his zone and did not sem to learn from his mistakes. he realy needed a top number two but would not agree to it.
does the writer of this article tell his boss what to do i don`t think so, so why does he incite others to do what he would not do, he is just jumping on the bandwagon.na was out of his zone and did not sem to learn from his mistakes. he realy needed a top number two but would not agree to it. oldboy67
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12:19pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Invicta Saint says...

If Nigel was a contributor to these pages, he would tell us to draw a blue lin under his time at St Marys and move on to the next game. He would add that Saints Players and Supporters should remain Together As One. This is what I am doing, however disappointed I am by the events of last Friday. Hope the snow here in Kent eases and I can drive down OK for the Everton game.
If Nigel was a contributor to these pages, he would tell us to draw a blue lin under his time at St Marys and move on to the next game. He would add that Saints Players and Supporters should remain Together As One. This is what I am doing, however disappointed I am by the events of last Friday. Hope the snow here in Kent eases and I can drive down OK for the Everton game. Invicta Saint
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10:51am Mon 21 Jan 13

SaintsBTGOG says...

Cortese OUT
Cortese OUT SaintsBTGOG
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5:13pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Dave Juson says...

Nicola Cortese may not be the nicest chairman on Planet Football, but I would suggest that he was being particularly astute in not turning up for Friday’s press conference. Having already issued what he perceived as an adequate statement for the change of personnel, he had nothing else to put on record. Had he been present Mauricio Pochettino and his interpreter would have been reduced to the status of bystander as the Chairman batted, or attempted to bat, awkward, loaded and, for the most part, accusatory questions; most of the answers to which would have been twisted; quoted out of context, and/or – the Echo’s speciality – misunderstood.
In PR terms Mr Cortese’s handling of the situation has been masterful. Other than sacking a decent and successful manager, there is little to discuss – as has been proved by the constant repetition in the press over the last four days.
Talking of stringing out a story beyond the limits of any news to fuel it, the next time the Echo contacts Lawrie McMenemy for and observation on Cortese’s lack of decency, humanity and common sense, may I suggest he is asked to employ the catapulting of Dave Merrington out of The Dell as a yardstick? As I remember it (and I stand to be corrected) he was, uncannily, unavailable for comment for quite some time after it happened, and I rather think that, ethically, it was every bit as scandalous as Adkins’s departure.
Nicola Cortese may not be the nicest chairman on Planet Football, but I would suggest that he was being particularly astute in not turning up for Friday’s press conference. Having already issued what he perceived as an adequate statement for the change of personnel, he had nothing else to put on record. Had he been present Mauricio Pochettino and his interpreter would have been reduced to the status of bystander as the Chairman batted, or attempted to bat, awkward, loaded and, for the most part, accusatory questions; most of the answers to which would have been twisted; quoted out of context, and/or – the Echo’s speciality – misunderstood. In PR terms Mr Cortese’s handling of the situation has been masterful. Other than sacking a decent and successful manager, there is little to discuss – as has been proved by the constant repetition in the press over the last four days. Talking of stringing out a story beyond the limits of any news to fuel it, the next time the Echo contacts Lawrie McMenemy for and observation on Cortese’s lack of decency, humanity and common sense, may I suggest he is asked to employ the catapulting of Dave Merrington out of The Dell as a yardstick? As I remember it (and I stand to be corrected) he was, uncannily, unavailable for comment for quite some time after it happened, and I rather think that, ethically, it was every bit as scandalous as Adkins’s departure. Dave Juson
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8:04pm Tue 22 Jan 13

shesaint says...

I think the whole incident has been unprofessionally handled. To carry out negotiations for several weeks without informing one the main people involved is underhand and deceitful.
Also, is it not basic good manners to introduce "new staff members" to existing staff and customers. In this case I mean us, the fan base. The only reason I can think for NC not being at the press conference is that he was too gutless to face more than 1 person. Hiding behind press officers etc. is one thing, but to man up is completely different.
I think the whole incident has been unprofessionally handled. To carry out negotiations for several weeks without informing one the main people involved is underhand and deceitful. Also, is it not basic good manners to introduce "new staff members" to existing staff and customers. In this case I mean us, the fan base. The only reason I can think for NC not being at the press conference is that he was too gutless to face more than 1 person. Hiding behind press officers etc. is one thing, but to man up is completely different. shesaint
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9:12am Fri 25 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

SaintsBTGOG wrote:
Cortese OUT
This poster has had an unhealthy attitude towards Nicola Cortese for a long time, I suspect it is due to a problem that happened some time ago, perhaps an explanation might help us to understand more?
[quote][p][bold]SaintsBTGOG[/bold] wrote: Cortese OUT[/p][/quote]This poster has had an unhealthy attitude towards Nicola Cortese for a long time, I suspect it is due to a problem that happened some time ago, perhaps an explanation might help us to understand more? OSPREYSAINT
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