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Saturday 18 January 2014

On this day in 2013: Pochettino becomes Southampton manager

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Mauricio Pochettino taking over from Nigel Adkins

  • Mauricio Pochettino's first match in charge was a 0-0 draw with Everton at St Mary's

  • He won October 2013's Manager of the Month after a flying start to the 2013/14 season

  • Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins, who led Saints to the Barclays Premier League

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

18 January 2013 - Pochettino named as Southampton manager

Southampton appointed Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager after relieving Nigel Adkins of his duties.

Pochettino, who won 20 international caps for Argentina as a player, built a reputation as one of the most exciting young coaches in Spain as he led Espanyol to top-half finishes in La Liga in his first managerial role.

He amassed over 300 appearances for the Catalan club as a player, and also enjoyed spells at Paris St Germain and Bordeaux. Pochettino was relieved of his duties at Espanyol in November 2012 before he took the reins at Southampton.

"This is the kind of opportunity that any coach would relish"
Mauricio Pochettino

Adkins had led the Saints from League One to the Barclays Premier League in two seasons and the club were 15th in the table in their first season back in the top-flight at the time of his exit.

"Pochettino has earned a reputation as one of the most talented young coaches in European football," read a Southampton statement. "The Argentine was widely linked with a future role at one of Spain’s top clubs, but having left Espanyol in November now joins Southampton to continue his top flight managerial career.

"The club would like to thank Nigel Adkins for his service over the past three seasons and wish him well for the future."

Pochettino added: "This is the kind of opportunity that any coach would relish. Southampton is a club with great heritage and an even more exciting future.

"There is a clear vision to take the club of sustained success in the Premier League, and beyond, which I’m delighted to be part of."

Southampton finished the season in 14th place, with impressive home wins over Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool during Pochettino's first few months in charge.

Saints made a superb start to the 2013/14 campaign and were third in the table at the end of October. As a result, Pochettino won October's Barclays Manager of the Month award. The South Coast club now sit ninth in the Premier League table.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Southampton appointed Mauricio Pochettino as manager after Nigel Adkins' departure