With back-to-back promotions and their Premier League status all but secured, Southampton have enjoyed a relatively successful first season back in the top flight of English football following a seven-year absence.

However, despite Nigel Adkins working wonders with the south coast club, he was controversially sacked and people feared the worst for Southampton's future.

At the time of his dismissal, the Saints were on a good run of form having lost just two of their last 12 games. In fact, Adkins' final game in charge ended in a 2-2 draw with European champions and Premier League giants Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge no less.

Funny decision, don't you think? Ex-Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino was given the task of keeping Saints up, and given his limited grasp of the English language, that seemed a tall order to say the least.

Yet Pochettino and Cortese have proved the nay-sayers wrong. We all saw just how good Southampton were as they steamrolled past Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks.

The Argentinian tactician certainly looks like the man for the job as Southampton have been doing brilliantly since his arrival, and the recent hard-fought point against West Ham edges the Saints ever closer to the magic 40-point mark in what would all but guarantee survival.

Pochettino has proven in his short spell on the south coast that he has what it takes to succeed at the top level and, given time, he could take Southampton to the next level.

The ambitious Cortese has been accused of many things during his reign, but with him and Pochettino at the helm, the sky is the limit for the resurgent Saints.


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