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Nigel Adkins Sacked

Nigel took us from the lower regions of Division One to 15th in the Premier League.

He will always be a Saints Legend to me and dare I say it, to many of our fans.

I am totally gutted.I have no idea what Cortese is thinking. Worse we have replaced hin with a man that is getting his first managerial role in this country according to the Beeb.

Thank you for a great bus-ride Nigel. Good luck for the future.

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The Journalist

Writer: SFC Forever Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 18 2013

Time: 12:09PM

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Shocking decision.
The Hudd
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18/01/2013 12:12:00

Absolutely shocking, especially given your recent results
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18/01/2013 12:23:00

unbelievable, he was doing a good job, nice style of play, got some great results recently, had dragged you slightly away from the drop zone, great draws v Chelsea and Arsenal, win v us (Villa)... What the hell did your board expect this season? Hope you all protest against your board for that decision.
The Fear
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18/01/2013 12:27:00

Terrible decision. What a great job he'd done, your board must be packed with idiots
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18/01/2013 12:34:00

From an Argyle fan - of all the surprise sackings this one is mind boggling - absolutely shocking. He would have kept you up easy and now you have a new guy for the important part of the season. Awful.
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18/01/2013 12:45:00

Shocking, was doing a decent Job. Think the board need to remember they were in league one not so long ago
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18/01/2013 12:50:00

Unbelievable. Our season was just starting to turn around and Cortese does this? I'm not sure I have the words to describe how I feel tight at this moment
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18/01/2013 12:51:00

Pompey fan here guys.. Gotta say this is a shocking decision I honestly thought that it would be Atkins that kept you in the Prem this season .. With him gone I fear for you. .. Your board must be nutters IMO .. Best of luck... think you may really need it now !
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18/01/2013 13:02:00

Absolute disgrace, we Villa and Saints fans have been having some good posts this last week and I feel for Nigel and all those that care about Southampton FC. I think all the clubs fighting at the foot of the table will be inspired by this and I fear your season could really go down hill. Unbeaten in the last five, fantastic draws against some of best clubs in the div and a win against us. Just madness. I wish you the best of luck for the rest of the seasen and I suppose time will tell if this is the right decision.
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18/01/2013 13:03:00

Thanks for all the comments, guys. Hopefully this won't derail our season.
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18/01/2013 13:15:00

This ranks almost as highly in stupidity as Newcastles sacking of Chris Hughton. Was always to be a tough fight this season. Yet Adkins was doing a fine job and moving a small club very much in the right direction. So a foreign manager devoid of premier league experience is the way forward????? Seems your chaiman favours the Chelski approach. Well with out intending disrespect and dispite last weeks draw there, where is the comparison? The blues resourses are far superiour. Is unbelievable!!!! Good luck saints with the rest of the season. Yet if this fool hardy stratagy fails the buck stops well and truely at the boardroom door. No prizes for guessing the next head that will have to roll.
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18/01/2013 13:17:00

I am in total shock. Unbelievable but maybe Nicola knows something. Nigel was an improvement on Alan and if Mauricio is another improvement we will end up smiling.
SFC Forever
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18/01/2013 14:03:00

There have been some odd decisions like this over the past few years, Di Matteo, Del Bosque, Chris Hughton, but for me this in a relative sense - is the most ridiculous of the lot. In terms of actual achievement getting Saints from 19th in League 1 to 15th in the prem in less than 3 years is every bit as impressive as Del Bosque wining the CL with the Galaticos. Ridiculous!
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18/01/2013 14:39:00

What a joke. Id have him at Wigan when Roberto finally leaves us for a bigger club. You just about clicked and looked like you were playing really well recently. Some board members just dont have a clue. Kind of hope it goes balls up to teach them a lesson!
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18/01/2013 14:48:00

Cherries fan in peace. Can't believe you just said goodbye to your most successful manager of recent times. You had just started to get to grips with one of the toughest leagues in the world. Hope the success continues but also that some common sense prevails...
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18/01/2013 15:52:00

Thanks to you all. Balsall I hope Dan Seaborne does well for you and you make your target.
SFC Forever
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18/01/2013 17:00:00

Really is just another case of fans being shown by the board two fingers imo this, Adkins had earned his way up to the top and his chance really feel sorry for him tbh, Saints are a good team of late play some real nice stuff hope this is not going to come back to bite you good luck Saints!
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18/01/2013 18:15:00

Lots of nice comments from fans of other clubs. The sound as bewildered as we are.
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18/01/2013 18:37:00

Says a lot when a Pompey fan and a Cherry fan say how shocked they are. Nice one guys.
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18/01/2013 18:54:00

Seems everybody but Cortese was in agreement with what Nigel was doing here.
Vital Saint
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18/01/2013 20:17:00

Well I'm really shocked and disappointed for you guys. Not even on the radar should that have been. Adkins was and is an up and coming manager who has worked wonders for Saints and got you where you belong, and the first year in to the Prem is really hard. I really hope this doesnt back-fire for you. Dont know about the new guy but detest the situation when they sack someone another is brought in immediately. Pre-meditated on the quiet - face is lost whichever way you look it for the owners. Doesn't garner fans support that way.
Steve from Oz
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18/01/2013 20:37:00

Unbelievable!! He won't be out of work for long. So many neutral fans were willing Southampton on this season, nearly everyone I speak to know says, 'I hope they are relegated' (Just heard Paul Merson say it on the TV as well. Could understand if you were playing badly. Football gets dafter by the day.
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18/01/2013 22:27:00

dazza I can fully understand outside people feeling that. Christ we can't even ask the man any questions yet cos he don't speak our language. So we're told.
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18/01/2013 22:42:00


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