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Comments about the sacking of Southampton manager Nigel Adkins have been flooding in to Twitter.
Comments include words like Madness, Shock and Despair
Our sports correspondent Sarah Gomme sends this reaction to the decision to sack Southampton manager Nigel Adkins.
Shocked, disappointed, angry - just some of the words being communicated to me via Twitter describing the reaction among fans following Nigel Adkins' dismissal.
This was not the news we were expecting to hear just hours ahead of a press conference where Adkins was expected to preview Monday night's match against Everton.
After winning a hard-fought, but deserved point at Chelsea - Adkins steered Saints out of the relegation zone to 15th place.
Safety, not secured, but a very realistic hope among fans. And rightfully so.
Only last weekend fans remained in the stands at Villa Park long after kick off simply to sing his name. How will those same fans voice their reaction to his absence on Monday at St Mary's?
Executive Chairman, Nicola Cortese said:
“This decision has been made with the long-term ambitions of Southampton Football Club in mind. Whilst we acknowledge the contribution Nigel has made during the past two years, for the Club to progress and achieve our long-term targets a change was needed.
“Mauricio is a well-respected coach of substantial quality who has gained a reputation as an astute tactician and excellent man manager. I have every confidence that he will inspire our talented squad of players to perform at the highest possible level."
Nigel Adkins has been sacked as manager of Southampton FC
The club has just released this statement:
Southampton Football Club has this morning appointed Mauricio Pochettino as First Team Manager, having relieved Nigel Adkins of his managerial duties.
Forty year old Pochettino has earned a reputation as one of the most talented young coaches in European football thanks to an impressive spell in La Liga with Espanyol.
Pochettino will take charge of training on Saturday ahead of his first game as Southampton First Team Manager on Monday evening against Everton in the Barclays Premier League.
The Club would like to thank Nigel Adkins for his service over the past three seasons, and wish him well for the future.
It's being reported that Southampton Football Club have sacked manager Nigel Adkins.
More to follow.