The disgraceful treatment of Nigel Adkins by Southampton is a reminder of how brutal football can be.
Adkins, who led Southampton from the bottom reaches of Division One to the giddy heights of the Premiership, found out he was being axed by watching television.
Southampton had Mauricio Pochettino waiting in the wings to replace Adkins.
Players at the club are reported to be shocked and deflated by this ruthless decision. You have to wonder at the wisdom of it, considering the potential impact it could have on the club’s fortunes between now and the rest of the season. Southampton presently sit perched just above the relegation zone.
The whole thing looks like a panic move by Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese – and one which could massively backfire.
Pochettino previously managed Espanyol and does not speak English.
The managerial switch came just after a laudable 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
It makes you wonder what you have to do to keep a managerial job in the tough world of English football.
Mark McGhee’s appointment as Gordon Strachan’s number two has failed to set the heather alight among football observers and fans in the Tartan Army.
It certainly looks like a negative and backward step, I have to say. Many are saying it is an old pals act by Strachan as McGhee is presently out of work.
McGhee’s stock as a manager may once have been quite high but definitely not so in recent times.
Results, as always, will determine how successful this managerial partnership is but the excitement generated by Strachan’s appointment has now been very much dampened by McGhee’s.
These are difficult times for those who follow the fortunes of the Scotland side.
I am thankful I don’t as a fan.
Speaking of someone’s stock plummeting in football, I see Hearts have agreed to sign former Rangers defender Danny Wilson on loan.
Wilson’s dream move to Liverpool turned out to be a descent into oblivion and he has been farmed out to the likes of Bristol City on loan.
Rangers fans will remember the accomplished Wilson breaking through and playing like a seasoned veteran only a short while back.
I was very impressed with Wilson and thought he would be a massive star.
Sadly, his head was turned and his attempt to climb the footballing ladder saw him land on a snake instead. Maybe at Hearts he can recapture the form that made him so impressive. He’s still a laddie so he has time on his side.
Somebody else being tempted to jump clubs is Gary Hooper of Celtic, who is the subject of interest by Norwich.
Norwich seem to have a penchant for fat strikers who don’t move much.That is the traditional British centre forward if you are being polite.
Having said that, Hooper has banged in the goals since he came to Celtic.
Norwich’s valuation of the player falls way short of Celtic’s according to Neil Lennon.
I would say, using the famous Seville calculator, that Hooper must be worth about £70 – 80 million.
No doubt Lennon is holding out for a better offer.
Maybe it’s me but I’m just wondering what happened to Barcelona…