18 January 2013 4:14 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has been sacked after two-and-a-half years in charge at St. Mary’s.

Argentine Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed in his place, according to the BBC.

The surprising decision comes just two days after The Saints heroically came back from 2-o down at Stamford Bridge to draw with European Champions Chelsea and with the club in as stable a position as they have been all term, currently standing three points above the drop zone in 15th. They had only lost twice in their last ten games.

Adkins, 47, took the club from League One to the Premier League with successive promotions, bringing them back to the Premier League for the first time in seven years.

However Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese claims the decision is not about short term survival but about long-term growth;

“This decision has been made with the long-term ambitions of Southampton Football Club in mind. »

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