Fans and players were left stunned by Nigel Adkins' departure, with the team having lost only two of their last 12 league matches. Players were told on Friday morning by the captain, Adam Lallana. They now have to put the news behind them and win against Everton at home.
The new manager of Southampton FC, Mauricio Pochettino, will face Saints fans for the first time at St Mary's tonight, after the sacking of Nigel Adkins. The team play Everton and some supporters plan to protest at the change at the top.