Alan Shearer Lined Up to Take Southampton Post as Manager Nigel Adkins Looks Set for the Sack

St Mary’s side linked with move to bring in former striker to take over managerial reigns.

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Nigel Adkins’ future as Southampton manager has been plunged into fresh doubt following the calamitous Capital One Cup defeat at Leeds on Tuesday.

Adkins had said he was relaxed about his position following Southampton’s weekend reverse to Tottenham but the pressure has come on him again following his side’s meek capitulation at Elland Road, when they comfortably swept aside 3-0.

Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese is anxious about the club’s predicament and, after overseeing heavy spending in the summer, is eager that the investment that has been made in the squad does not go to waste.

It has been mooted that former Saints striker Alan Shearer would be a high-profile candidate to succeed Adkins, who guided Southampton to the Barclays Premier League on the back of consecutive promotions, should Cortese and his board decide to make a change.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Whilst it’s undoubtedly true that Southampton haven’t had the best of starts this term it would surely be harsh to sack Nigel Adkins given he achieved back to back promotions to lead the Saints back to the top tier.

It’s worth noting too that whilst the St Mary’s side have struggled to defend, that’s putting it mildly, this season they have challenged the big guns with some gusto, coming close to defeating both Man City and Man United this term.

Alan Shearer started his professional football career at Southampton, representing the South-Coast side from the age of 16 until just shy of his 22nd birthday he completed a record-breaking move to Blackburn Rovers.

So clearly there is a romantic resonance to the possibility of welcoming the striker back to Southampton but the 42 year old BBC pundit has very little managerial experience and the experience he does have was not a good one.

Shearer spent six weeks in charge of Newcastle United and his Magpies side picked up just one win from eight matches and were relegated. Hardly the managerial messiah.

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