Le Tissier, Owen & more: Twitter reacts as Southampton sack Adkins

Matt Le Tissier, Michael Owen and Phil Thompson all tweet their thoughts after Southampton sack Nigel Adkins on Friday

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Nigel Adkins was in charge for two-and-a-half years at Southampton Back Page Images

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Southampton have sacked manager Nigel Adkins and replaced him with former Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The 47-year-old led Southampton to back-to-back promotions from League One into the Premier League, with the Saints currently in 15th place after drawing 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Here is a look at the some of the reaction from the world of football on Twitter to Adkins’ sacking.

Former Liverpool Phil Thompson (@Phil_Thompson4) asks his old pal for his take: “Sorry to hear about Nigel Adkins seemed to be doing a good job to me, what’s your thoughts Le Tiss?”

The Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) has his say: “Best wishes to Nigel Adkins, I’m sure if he so wishes he’ll get another job very soon, Thanks nige, probably relieved now not answerable to NC… saddest part of Nigel’s sacking is that I wasn’t even shocked #laughingstock”

Reading striker Noel Hunt (@boyhunt) is shocked, despite his club’s rivalry with the Saints: “Nigal Adkins sacked after back to back promotions and currently 15th in the Premier League!! What is the world coming too!! What are they thinking!!”

Former Saints player Jim Magilton (@magilton7) is lost for words: “Owners with the last word! Nigel Adkins is a top class manager who has worked the oracle at Soton! Absolute disgrace!”

Journeyman Steve Claridge (@SteveClaridge) reckons Adkins will soon be back in a job: “Sacking needless after what he’s done. He had fans backing .Probably a Championship club next after promotion from it with Saints.”

England bowler Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) rather ineloquently sums up the ill-feeling towards the Saints hierarchy: “The Southampton owners seem as popular as syphilis today.”

QPR striker Jay Bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) is shocked: “Can’t believe what I’m reading, Nigel Adkins sacked !!!!!!!! He brought them from League One to Premier League …#wow”

Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) can’t get his head around the decision: “Southampton in the Premier League after two consecutive promotions and not in bottom three yet sack manager?? As a football fan this dismissal angers me.”

Ex-Wales international Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) is not happy: “Disgraceful sacking of Nigel Adkins, game gas gone… !”

Stoke City striker Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) reckons the Southampton board had made their mind up days ago: “Surely the Saints board had made their decision a while ago? Gone too far down the line in finding a new Boss to turn back? If so, I bet the board were cringing with every good result they earned in the meantime! Win away at Villa, Draw away at Chelsea = Sacked.”

Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) believes the Saints are headed one way: “Congratulations on the Southampton board on guaranteeing relegation …. Absolute madness sacking Adkins….”

Former Bradford boss Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) says Adkins should be given the freedom of Southampton – and not sacked: “What a joke Nigel Adkins sacked and replaced already!!! He has done a brilliant job & deserves the freedom of Southampton not the SACK.”

Ex-Burnley captain Clarke Carlisle (@clarkecarlisle5) is angered by the decision: “I cannot believe what I’ve just heard. Nigel Adkins sacked?!? What the hell? The game’s gone mad….”

Finally, ex-Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann (@DietmarHamann) knows of a coach the Saints can hire: “I heard Lance Armstrong may take over as the new fitness coach. #Saints”

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