Southampton sack Nigel Adkins

Southampton SACK Adkins and replace him with Pochettino just two days after drawing away at champions of Europe Chelsea

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

10:40 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:58 GMT, 18 January 2013

Nigel Adkins has been sacked by Southampton despite the club sitting three points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

The decision comes just 48 hours after his side fought back for a draw at giants Chelsea.

Southampton have suffered just one defeat in their last seven Premier League games, a run which includes wins over Aston Villa and Reading and draws at Stamford Bridge and at home to Arsenal.

Mauricio Pochettino has been named the club's new manager after talks with executive chairman Nicola Cortese.

Encourage: Nigel Adkins saw his side recover from 2-0 down Chelsea to draw 2-2 with the European champions

Encouraging: Nigel Adkins saw his side recover from 2-0 down at Chelsea to draw 2-2 with the European champions and move three points away from the relegation zone

Sportsmail revealed last week that Adkins' future was still under review by Cortese despite the club's upsurge in fortunes.

And last weekend's win over Aston Villa and the gutsy 2-2 draw at Chelsea did nothing to convince Cortese that Adkins has a long-term future at the club.

The Italian had long-standing doubts over Adkins' ability to manage in the Premier League and sounded out Christian Gross and Roberto Di Matteo about the manager's role.

In the frame: Pochettino (Pictured) has been targeted by Cortese as he looks to replace Adkins

In the frame: Pochettino (Pictured) has been targeted by Cortese as he looks to replace Adkins

Adkins was hopeful that he will be given until at least the end of the season.

Pochettino's name might already be familiar to football fans in the country as it was his foul on Michael Owen that led to David Beckham's winning penalty in England's 1-0 win over Argentina in World Cup 2002.

The 40-year-old was sacked as Espanyol
manager in November after the club's poor start to the La Liga campaign.
The Barcelona based side were bottom of the league with just nine
points from their first 13 games.

Foul play: Mauricio Pochettino will be remembered by England fans after tripping Michael Owen during the 2002 World Cup which gave David Beckham the chance to score his famous penalty

Foul play: Mauricio Pochettino will be remembered by England fans after tripping Michael Owen during the 2002 World Cup which gave David Beckham the chance to score his famous penalty