I'm shocked, I heard rumours of the sacking six hours ago, although they were growing with intensity, I just couldn't believe them. You may well be a hard nosed businessman, but I've agreed with all of your decisions.....up until now.
The sacking of Nigel Adkins is tragic, I've rattled my brain to try & think of a more undeserved sacking in the world of football....& lets face it, there has been many! But, I can't think of one that is as bad as this. The man had achieved to consecutive promotions, but he didn't dine of them, he fought harder because of them. He stayed true to the clubs beliefs, he remained loyal to his own. He inspired players that maybe didn't have the required talent, he brought on youngsters who hadn't had a chance. If Ted Bates were around, I think he would have said there wasn't a better man for the job.
God, this feels terrible writing this, I've ever doubted any decision you have made, but I just keep shaking my head in disbelief, is this really happening, this week, now? Have you not seen what has be going on, not just in match days but behind the scenes as well? The guy is loved here, he's credited as being the motivational source of our recent run. Just this week players came out & said they have never worked with someone so positive, its infectious, its infected our group, its why we having been losing games, they all believe in him. I hope the squad are not taking this as badly as some of us, if they are we are in real danger.
The timing is so inexplicable, we've been so high this week, a fantastic win on Saturday followed by the most spirited away performance at one of the big four we'll likely to see this season (I'd say that's a given now). The football will frown on you, & there is nothing we can do. So do expect other clubs to stick the knife in, that's the nature of the game when you are involved in a multi-million pound relegation battle, we are now an easy target. Talk about giving your rivals a massive lift.
Saying all that, sitting here with my heart ripped out, I can't turn my back on my club & I've never booed a Southampton player or staff member. But we all live by our actions, & we all pay for our mistakes, I hope after seeing all the feedback you still feel you have made the right decision hiring Mauricio Pochettino. Time will tell & there will be little places to hide.
The King is Dead, Long Live the King.