Matt Le Tissier on Nigel Adkins sacking: 'Nothing's surprising and it's a bit of a laughing stock'
Adkins has been replaced with Mauricio Pochettino
Friday 18 January 2013
Former Southampton captain Matt Le Tissier was not surprised to learn that Nigel Adkins had lost his job as the club's manager.
Saints' executive chairman Nicola Cortese this morning replaced the 47-year-old with former Argentina international Mauricio Pochettino.
Adkins had taken Southampton to back-to-back promotions and 15th in the Barclays Premier League since taking charge in September 2010. They drew 2-2 at Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Le Tissier was not caught on the hop, though, telling Sky Sports News: "It doesn't surprise me.
"It's a strange time of the season, they've lost two of the last 12 games and came from 2-0 down to draw at Chelsea.
"(But) it seems to be the way the club's being run under the chairman. Nothing's surprising and it's a bit of a laughing stock."
The ex-England international did concede the timing shocked him - Saints have been in good form and are clear of relegation trouble at present - but added he felt this could have been on the cards for some time.
"I'm shocked at the timing, it's very strange and it's an odd thing to come to terms with today," he said.
"I think he had a bit of pressure early on this season, people thought it might happen then; maybe they couldn't get the man they wanted then. It's all very strange.
"I think everyone is taken aback by it all. They have come to terms with life in the Premier League, had a tough start and have turned things round pretty well."
As the country's longest-serving manager, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has seen it all when it comes to sackings.
Like Le Tissier, he was not surprised.
"It is a crazy world. It is hard to believe. There is no point saying we are surprised. It seems very unfair," he said.
Latest in Sport
Danny Ings: Liverpool target wanted by Borussia Monchengladbach... who could get Burnley striker for just £260,000
Humiliated Brazil look to continue recovery at Arsenal
Marco Reus vs Theo Walcott: Which is the better option for Arsenal?
England vs Lithuania match report: Harry Kane fires in first Three Lions goal just 78 seconds into debut to put icing on the cake
'God, she's beautiful': Embarrassment for basketball player Nigel Hayes after microphone picks up comment about female reporter
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'