St Mary’s’ outfit find new manager.
Southampton have appointed Nigel Adkins as their new manager following Alan Pardew’s dismissal last month.
The 45-year-old arrives on a three-year deal from Scunthorpe, who he twice took from League One into the Championship.
“I am delighted to be the manager of Southampton. It’s a very proud honour to join a club with such a big tradition,” he told the club website.
“I’m very proud to have been given the opportunity by the chairman and look forward to taking the club forward.”
As recently as Friday, the deal looked to be dead with Scunthorpe claiming Southampton asked Adkins to quit so they could avoid compensation and withdrew the bid when he did not, a claim the Saints deny.
Adkins also denied this, insisting that Southampton had approached Scunthorpe in the right manner.
“I’m really looking forward to this fresh new challenge, and I’m very optimistic of where we can take this football club,” he added.
“We want to excite the supporters, because when this stadium is full I am sure there is a fantastic buzz around the place, so I hope the supporters are looking forward to watching their team go out and winning games of football in the right style.” (BBC Sport)
Now all Southampton fans can ask themselves why Alan Pardew was axed till the cows come home but they will now hope that Nigel Adkins can steady the St Mary’s’ ship after the surprise sacking left the Saints reeling with three straight defeats and third from bottom in League One.
Adkins has had a great spell as boss at Glanford Park and even though Scunthorpe United are doing well in the Championship it seems clear that the 45 year old Birkenhead born former keeper believes that Southampton are a bigger club who could achieve a great deal with the right man at the helm. Wasn’t that right man a certain Mr. Pardew though?