|Nigel Adkins: new to the Premiership --- but for how long?|
Still despite QPR’s horrific position in the table, Nigel Adkins is leading the sack race, with odds of 1/3. This is sadly the period of the season, during a muggy November, where certain Chairmen, such as Nicola Cortese, get a little frustrated with their managers. There are many possibilities to suggest why this Chairman is ready to say “You’re fired!” - whether it’s due to the lack of victories, the wastage of his (I’m sure) well-earned money, or even the new series of Alan Sugar’s Young Apprentice coming back onto the television.
However, despite all this, I think managers need to be given more of an opportunity. It is clear that, like all managers, Adkins has made a few errors, such as spending, according to The Guardian, over £30 million in the summer on players that have little Premier League experience, which is ironic considering the home-grown players that used to play at the club (Gareth Bale and Nathan Dyer) have returned to St. Mary’s and scored. Adkins has also proven to be a little unorthodox, bringing on a defender at the weekend, despite the Saints being in desperate need of a goal. However, it would certainly be difficult to claim that he is a bad manager, as he won successive promotions with the side, and arguably they wouldn’t be where they are now without him.
If I were Nicola Cortese, I would certainly keep him at the club, because the speculation around his possible departure is only going to decrease the morale of the players and the staff. Adkins is also confident, stating that he has “a good relationship with the Chairman”. He also has a good relationship with the
Southampton fans, and whilst, as a true blue, I despise the club with every bone in my body, I also quite like the man, especially after he recited some poetry at a press conference recently after another depressing (or, for me, satisfying) defeat. One thing is for sure, if Southampton fails to beat QPR in their next fixture, questions will be asked of Adkins, and I would be surprised if he remained at St. Mary’s.