Forren policy: Defender seals 4.2m move to Southampton after snubbing Liverpool
, scoring six goals.
Adkins was dismissed by the
Southampton board on Friday morning despite a recent win against relegation
rivals Aston Villa and a draw against European champions Chelsea.
Pochettino said: 'I know about the Southampton squad because I've been researching them for several weeks.'
New faces: Mauricio Pochettino also was appointed as Southampton manger on Friday
The 20-cap former Argentina defender said he had spoken to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho about the move, while conceding he has to address the issue of supporter unrest.
'The challenge is to be part of this project, the kindness of the supporters is the biggest challenge I have,' he said at a news conference. 'They are the biggest part of this club and I hope I can convince them with honest and hard work.
'I am very passionate about the Premier League. I have seen many games, the Premier League is an attractive league and I have spoken to people at length about it, people such as Jose Mourinho, who is a good friend of mine.
'He told me the best football in the world is being played here.'