Reflecting on Southampton's dismissal of manager Nigel Adkins I can't help but look back in bewilderment.
Adkins had lost just one of his previous seven league games and only two in the last twelve. In terms of win percentage he was the most successful Southampton manager in the 19th century, earning back-to-back promotions for the once struggling south coast club.
Recently Adkins had steered the club away from the Premier League relegation zone, and masterminded a fantastic comeback at Stamford Bridge. He had brought together a mainly British squad and overseen the rise of stars such as Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon.
But sadly, Adkins sacking reflects the problems in modern day football. Chairmen up and down the country appear to be more interested in the business side of football rather than the wider picture.
Yes, there are huge pressures in the game - particularly in the top flight - but some clubs should accept the progress they have made rather than seek more too quickly. Avoiding relegation would be a success for Southampton this season. How Alex Ferguson is glad that Manchester United gave him more time when he began his Manchester United career.
There has been similar poor treatment of managers in the Premier League, such as Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea, but this is surely the worst case for a long time.
And to also appoint a successor to Adkins almost immediately after his sacking announcement was a disappointment. It may turn out that the appointment of former Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino is a very shrewd move but the process to get there has left a very sour taste. There had clearly been talks ongoing whilst Adkins was in charge and that is unacceptable and disrespectful.
Southampton have now taken a huge risk. They could have totally destabilised the club which they had worked so hard to resurrect.
Star players may not want to stay anymore and the change of management style may not continue the recent upturn in form. Clubs in the relegation zone will now be very happy that a main rival has made such a drastic change, particularly when they were beginning to adapt to life in the Premier League.
Good luck to Pochettino but I can't help but think he has got off to the worst possible start through no fault of his own.
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