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Is Mauricio Pochettino Ready to Replicate His Southampton Success At Another EPL Club This Summer?

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Fourteen months ago when Nigel Adkins was dismissed by Southampton and replaced by the Argentine former manager of Espanyol, critics came out of the woodwork to condemn the move by the club.

Former Chief Executive Nicola Cortese rebuilt Southampton from the depths of despair. He brought the club back to the top flight from League One in a relatively short period of time while building a sustainable business model.

Jason Puncheon is a Key Component Of Crystal Palace’s Revival Despite Penalty Miss

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Ian Holloway brought Jason Puncheon to Blackpool on loan from Southampton in January 2011 to try and avoid relegation from the Premier League in the Tangerines' first top flight season since the early 1970s. At the time it seemed odd. Why would a Premier League club take a player on loan from a League One club who was surplus to requirements?

Southampton Continue to Reach New Heights Under Mauricio Pochettino

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One of the more interesting developments during the 2012-13 Premier League season was the firing of Southampton FC manager, Nigel Adkins. Prior to his sacking, Adkins had only lost twice over a stretch of twelve games. He had the best post-war win percentage in Southampton's history and had overseen consecutive promotions.

Southampton Aiming For Champions League Qualification In Two Years

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Currently showing immense intent to pursue the aspirations of the motivated chairman, Southampton are continuing their journey to rise up the English soccer ladder.

Understandably, the Italian chairman was doubted when he decided to sack Nigel Adkins in January last season, following a run of just two league losses in 12 matches.

Premier League 2013-14 preview: Southampton pressing higher with charismatic Pochettino

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Of the three new clubs that were promoted last season, Southampton looked most likely to suffer relegation, after starting the season on a disastrous note. With only one win in 10 games, and 8 losses in the first 11, very few tipped them for survival.

The 200% Premier League Pre-Season: Southampton

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If you believe Executive Chairman Nicola Cortese, it was a rough decision that had to be made and it paid off. When Nigel Adkins was unceremoniously sacked in January, Southampton had recovered from a disastrous start to the season and sat in fifteenth place in the Premier League. Hardly setting the division alight, but at the same time a reasonable performance considering that two years earlier the club had been plying its trade amongst the flotsam and jetsam of League One.

Southampton look to keep key duo

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Premier League side Southampton are keen on keeping key duoRickie Lambert and Gaston Ramirez, who have both been linked with moves away from the club. However,Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino doesn't plan on letting either player leave this summer, and believes that the duo is key to his squad, according to Sky Sports.

Optimism Is High At Southampton In Advance of New Season

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After the success of back-to-back promotions to earn a spot in the Premier League, Southampton found life difficult initially. They weren't assisted too well by an extremely difficult first few months of the campaign, and ultimately seemed destined for a year-long relegation scrap.

That is until things turned around when Saints' new manager Mauricio Pochettino arrived to the club and ushered in a new high-pressing style and fast-paced tempo for the club to play with.

Match Preview: Reading vs Liverpool

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Reading welcome Liverpool to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday aiming to keep alive their slim hopes of staying up.
Winger Jimmy Kebe will miss Reading's Premier League encounter with Liverpool at the because of a groin problem.
Fellow midfielder Hope Akpan is a major doubt for the match because of an ankle injury sustained in last Saturday 2-0 defeat to Southampton.

Rodgers Wary Of Reading Threat

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is expecting a tough battle when he takes his team to his former club Reading on Saturday.
The Royals are eight points adrift of safety in the Premier League although Rodgers does not believe relegation is a foregone conclusion under new boss Nigel Adkins.
Adkins has presided over two defeats since taking over from Brian McDermott but Rodgers reckons he is the right man for the job.

How Mauricio Pochettino’s Changes Made An Immediate Impact On Southampton

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When Nigel Adkins was sacked in January, it seemed like a cruel decision after he had led them from League 1 to the Premier League in two seasons and Southampton were not having all too bad a season with it being their first since promotion. Whilst it is true that the decision was harsh, it is obvious since former Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino took over at the club, their performances have moved on to another level.

Siu’s View: EPL Round 32 Recap, Exodus from QPR, Di Canio’s Appointment, United & Swansea Finances

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In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend's English Premier League and domestic cup action and the talking points that it throws up, as well as any significant news related to English football at large. Follow me @theredarmchair for regular updates throughout the week.

EPL Round 32 Recap: City Rouse, Villa Rise, Reading Ragged

Before we go further into the relegation battle, let's first reserve some praise for Manchester City.

Arsenal climbs into fourth…at least for a day

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Midfielder Tomas Rosicky was the unlikely hero for Arsenal on Saturday afternoon as he scored both goals in the Gunners 2-1 win at West Brom. Arsenal hung on after taking a 2-0 lead as Per Mertesacker was sent off in the 70th minute with a red card and also conceded a penalty on the play. West Brom took advantage of it and narrowed the score.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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Due to the Europa League matches on Thursday, today ends up being an unusual day in the Premier League with only four matches being played today, while five are kicking off tomorrow, and the big one happens on Monday.

Regardless, there's still plenty of good matches to watch today beginning with the remarkable match-up between Reading and Southampton (7:45am ET on ESPN2 for viewers in the United States).

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 31: Open Thread

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Hallelujah! After a two week international break, Premier League football returns today with several must-watch matches.

Kicking things off with the early kick-off is Sunderland against Manchester United (8:45am ET). While United has the Premier League title pretty much sewn up, they'll want to exorcise the ghosts of last season by walloping Sunderland instead of the 1-0 victory on the final day of last season that wasn't enough to win the title.

Arsenal ready for Reading on March 30

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Arsenal finally gets back to Premier League action on Saturday March 30 when they take on relegation-battling Reading at home at the Emirates. As has been the case all season long, the Gunners will be determined to earn all three points in the race for third and fourth place along with Tottenham and Chelsea.

This is Albion 2.0: Just How Big Can the Seagulls Become?

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[D]espite reports of Gus Poyet being on the verge of taking over at Reading last week the deal ended up in tatters, apparently due to the Uruguayan's reluctance to risk having a relegation against his name. With Reading's chances of a second successive Premier League season now in the hands of Nigel Adkins, we've been taking a wider view on the whole affair, wondering what Poyet's decision implies in regards to the relative sizes of the Royals and Brighton.

Premier League title race is over but there’s much still at stake

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With the World Cup qualifiers for March behind us, the focus shifts firmly to the English Premier League where except for the wide chasm between Manchester United and the rest, there's still plenty to play for.

Nigel Adkins will be the new manager at Reading

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Nigel Adkins is set to become the next manager of Reading and will be officially unveiled in a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Nigel Adkins set to become the new manager of Reading

Reading sacked Brian McDermott a couple of weeks ago and were heavily interested in Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet.

Reading Finally Name Nigel Adkins As Their New Manager

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It took a lot longer than it I expected it too, but Reading have hired former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins as their new manager.

When Reading surprisingly sacked Brian McDermott 13 days ago, I thought that they had to have someone lined up to replace McDermott with so little time left in the season.

From Man Utd at £1bn to Wigan at £43m: What’s Your Club Really Worth?: The Nightly EPL

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Financial scholar Tom Markham has released a new academic report that zeros in on what each club's value is in the Premier League. Not surprisingly, Manchester United sit atop the Premier League club valuation chart. But there are several surprises that jump out such as Tottenham Hotspur having a greater value than Manchester City.


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Southampton v Liverpool The team I expect the ever-improving Brendan Rodgers to pick for the game at St. Mary's includes injury-doubt Pepe Reina who is recovering from a calf strain, I hope he is fully fit for the game. Elsewhere, it should be the same outfield players who did so well in beating Spurs last Sunday with young Coutinho to be given his chance to again showcase his clever skills and link-up play with the forwards Suarez and Sturridge.

Southampton sack Nigel Adkins – Mauricio Pochettino appointed

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Southampton have parted ways with Nigel Adkins and has appointed Mauricio Pochettino as the new first team manager.

An official statement published on Southampton's website read:

"Southampton Football Club has this morning appointed Mauricio Pochettino as First Team Manager, having relieved Nigel Adkins of his managerial duties.

Southampton Sack Nigel Adkins

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This is a decision that makes you wonder if the people running Southampton actually know what they are doing.

Today the Saints announced that they had sacked Nigel Adkins, despite the club sitting three points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

The decision comes just 48 hours after the man, who led the club to back-to-back promotions in the last two seasons, saw his side fight back for a draw at European champions Chelsea.

Why Southampton’s Decision to Sack Nigel Adkins Is Ridiculous

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Today Southampton has a new manager. The owners of the club, for whatever reason, recentlydecided that Nigel Adkins is not the man to lead the Saints any further in their Premier League campaign despite the club sitting sixth from bottom. ......

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Who is Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton’s New Manager?

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Who isMauricio Pochettino, the man who Southampton has chosen to replace Nigel Adkins as manager of the Premier League club? Coaching career: Former manager at Espanyol, where he was able to turn the team around with limited funds to finish ......

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Nigel Adkins Sacked By Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino Immediately Steps Into Breach

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By Chris Wright

Southampton have sacked manager Nigel Adkins and brought former Espanyol managerMauricio Pochettino in as his immediate replacement.

Adkins, who of course took charge just two-and-a-half years ago with the club in League One, leaves with Southampton in 15th place in the Premier League, three points from the dotted line though only four points from mid-table.

Chelsea and Southampton Fans: Play Beat The Manager For Your Midweek Match

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Rafa Benitez and Nigel Adkins both have several decisions to make before the midweek Premier League match. Should Benitez play Ba or Torres? Should Adkins risk Luke Shaw after he picked up an injury last weekend? The list goes on ... Continue...

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Chelsea, Arsenal & Liverpool Track Matt Targett

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Southampton starlet Matt Targett is being tracked by Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, understands.
The 17-year-old left-back is regarded as one of the jewels of the Saints academy and the long-term successor to Luke Shaw, whose own future is the subject of intense speculation.
Shaw has been consistently impressive in the Premier League this season, and boss Nigel Adkins felt compelled to warn off potential suitors before he again caught the eye in Tuesday's goalless draw with the Gunners.

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David Moyes has some win/loss ground to make up - importance of the coach, the $ and the club

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The mid-performance managers have some of the most interesting stats, a high % of draws has pulled them up the win+draw ladder: see fan favourites Allardyce and Redknapp. However, Laudrup is the draw achiever.

Yeovilified: Which of Yeovil Town’s Players will Step up?

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[O]ur three and a half years of existence as awebsite have seen us occasionally dabble in the spirit of mindless speculation in analysing the squad of a promotion chasing club toassess thereadinessfora possible step up in level the following August. Previous studies have covered the Queen's Park Rangers of Neil Warnock, a Nigel Adkins led Southampton and West Ham under Sam Allardyce.


Southampton vs Everton, Premier League Gameweek 23: Open Thread

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Get your white hankies out. Southampton supporters will show their support for former manager Nigel Adkins in today's home match against Everton by shaking their handkerchiefs for a worldwide TV audience. While Mauricio Pochettino steps in for...

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Southampton vs Everton, Premier League Gameweek 23: Open Thread

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Get your white hankies out. Southampton supporters will show their support for former manager Nigel Adkins in today's home match against Everton by shaking their handkerchiefs for a worldwide TV audience.

While Mauricio Pochettino steps in for his first game in charge of the Saints, most of the attention will be focused on Southampton FC club chairman Nicola Cortese for his decision in removing Adkins despite the Saints being on a good run of form and sitting in the position of sixth-from-bottom.

Southampton Sack Nigel Adkins, While Theo Walcott Signs 3-Year Arsenal Deal: The Daily EPL

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Southampton have sacked manager Nigel Adkins after 2.5 years in charge, and have appointed Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement. According to the BBC, Pochettino took charge of Espanyol at the age of 36 in January 2009, and managed a...

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QPR 1-3 Southampton – Hughes Vows To Fight On Despite Dismal Defeat At Loftus Road (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Southampton Premier League 17th November 2012

After seeing his struggling QPR side produce a quite appalling performance at home to Southampton on Saturday, Hoops' boss Mark Hughes vowed to fight on.

Facing Rangers were a side still looking for a Premier League win this season, but Nigel Adkins' men were by far the better side on Saturday and thoroughly deserved the three points.

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Adkins or Sherwood? Who will become the next Blackburn manager - Fans react on Twitter

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Former Blackburn captain, Tim Sherwood, could make an emotional return to Ewood Park as he is under consideration to take charge of the vacant managerial role.

Blackburn are looking to appoint their eighth manager in less than seven years, after Own Coyle was relieved from his job yesterday.

Williams returns to Reading with knee problem

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When Danny Williams returned to Reading from U.S. Men's National duty last week, he did so with a bit of a knee issue.

Williams rejoined the Royals last week after making a substitute appearance in the Americans' 2-0 loss to Ukraine, but was held out of the club's 1-1 draw vs.

Reading FC Appoint Nigel Adkins As New Manager: The Daily EPL

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Reading Football Club have announced that Nigel Adkins is their new manager. The former Southampton manager replaces Brian McDermott as the boss of The Royals. Adkins signed a three-year contract. His first match in charge of Reading is this Saturday against Arsenal. Talk about trial by fire!

What are your thoughts about Adkins becoming Reading manager?

Shit Lookalikes: Nigel Adkins & Smithers

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Got a Shit Lookalike for us? Email ( or Tweet (@waatpies) it right on over!

Who Would You Replace Pardew with?

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In a new section on the site, I want to get the opinions of Newcastle fans regarding a topic of recent interest. In the inaugural From The Terraces, I ask the question: If you could replace Alan Pardew with any manager right now, who would it be? Needless to say, there were some interesting responses: [.