Southampton's club captain Kelvin Davis believes Nicola Cortese's decision to sack previous manager Nigel Adkins has been justified.

Adkins was fired by the Saints' chairman despite leading the south coast club to back-to-back promotions and in the middle of a run of just two defeats in 12 games.

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Davis said: "The manner in which he (Mauricio Pochettino) has come in and lifted the club to a new level shows it was a decision thats been proved right."

Nigel Adkins faces his former team on Saturday morning, with the Saints making the trip to the Madejski Stadium for the vital game at the foot of the table, and Davis isn't surprised to see his former boss back in management so soon after his Southampton dismissal.

"I'm sure he wanted to get back into football as soon as he could, most managers that move on from a club want to stay in the game, from that side of it, it doesn't surprise me," said Davis

"We achieved a lot under him in a short space of time but now we are continuing to grow without him.

"A lot has been said about our wins against the big teams but it is about winning every game and putting yourself in a position when you are looking up the table rather than behind us."

Since Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at St. Mary's, Southampton have pulled away from relegation danger and a place in the top half of the table is not out of the question.

The Saints are in 12th position, level on points with Stoke City but just four points away from the drop-zone. Pochettino will still want another victory to ensure his team's survival, but the cluster of teams around Southampton will be assuring.

And Davis, 36, has praised his new boss for the impact he's had during his short time with the club.

"We are in a state of mind where we can feel we can win every game at the moment and we will go there [Reading] to do that" he said.

"There's certainly been a raising in player performance. The lads have reacted positively to it [his arrival].

"Mauricio and his staff have come in and communicated very well and everything they are trying to pull off the lads are soaking up and fortunately we are putting that into our performances."


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