It seems that winning 4-0 away can be bad for your managerial health!
Southampton have sacked manager Alan Pardew and his coaching staff following a disappointing start to the season.
Saints have won just one of their opening League One games – although that was an emphatic 4-0 victory at Bristol Rovers.
A statement on Saints’ official website said: “Following a review of the current status in and around the first team, the club has decided that, to achieve its well known targets, it is essential to make changes to the first team management and coaching.
“Consequently, the first team manager, Alan Pardew; first team coach, Wally Downes;and goalkeeping coach, Stuart Murdoch, have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect. The club wishes them well for the future.” (Sky Sports)
Now this is a weird one. Quite how the club could be construed to have had a disappointing start to the season after just three matches is beyond me and then when you factor in that the club has in fact won one game, drawn another and lost their opener to recently relegated Plymouth and it seems odd to say the least.
Southampton won 4-0 away at Bristol Rovers on Saturday so for Pardew to lose his job after such a result is bizarre to say the least. Remember also that had the club not had ten points deducted last term they would have finished in fifth spot and would therefore have made the play-offs.
It seems that there must be more below the surface because the decision to sack the former West Ham boss on performance grounds is simply impossible to compute. Expect Alan Curbishley, Kevin Keegan and Sven Goran Eriksson to be linked with the job, in that order.