Friday 18 January 2013
Southampton have relieved manager Nigel Adkins of his duties and appointed Mauricio Pochettino in his place.
Adkins took over on the South Coast in September 2010 and steered the club from League One to the Barclays Premier League in successive seasons.
Southampton suffered a tough start to the campaign, with only one Barclays Premier League victory from the opening 11 matches, but their form had recovered with only two defeats from the past 12 matches, including coming from 2-0 down to draw with Chelsea on Wednesday.
"For the Club to progress and achieve our long-term targets a change was needed"
Pochettino, 40, took over as coach at Espanyol in January 2009 and steered the Barcelona club away from relegation.
The former Espanyol and Argentina defender was dismissed in November last year with the club in bottom place.
"This decision has been made with the long-term ambitions of Southampton Football Club in mind," chairman Nicola Cortese told the club's website. "Whilst we acknowledge the contribution Nigel has made during the past two years, for the Club to progress and achieve our long-term targets a change was needed.
"Mauricio is a well-respected coach of substantial quality who has gained a reputation as an astute tactician and excellent man manager. I have every confidence that he will inspire our talented squad of players to perform at the highest possible level."
Pochettino's first match in charge will be the Barclays Premier League home fixtue with Everton on Monday.
"This is the kind of opportunity that any coach would relish. Southampton is a club with great heritage, and an even more exciting future," said Pochettino.
"There is a clear vision to take the Club to a new era of sustained success in the Premier League, and beyond, which I’m delighted to be part of."