After chairman Nicola Cortese made a decision which stunned the Premier League, many were hoping and expecting it to backfire. He dismissed Nigel Adkins and replaced him with the unknown Mauricio Pochettino. It left the football world is disbelief, the man who had changed the fortunes of the club and then taken them out into mid table security was gone and a man with no Premier League experience was in the hot seat.
His first game was at home to Everton where they secured a hard fought point as Pochettino tried to continue where Adkins had left off and continue the rise up the table. As Cortese came in for huge criticism for his decision, Saints started to play the way the Argentine wanted – to press high up the pitch, to win the ball and attack. It started to work. Saints now were in fine form as they secured triumphs at home to Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool to keep them clear of the drop zone. The high pressure, the number of bodies they through forward in attack was paying off and teams couldn’t cope with the Saints. As Cortese saw his decision vindicated, through finishing clear of the drop zone, Pochettino is now looking to build a squad capable of finishing in the top ten and beyond.
The manager has been well backed in the transfer market with the signings of Victor Wanyama for £12 million and former Lyon centre half and captain Dejan Lovren for around £8 million shows the intent of Cortese and the owners. The upcoming star Luke Shaw will be expected to have a good season as he will once again catch the eye of his endless suitors. The one area that Saints make be lacking is in the goals department with only Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez as the main options. The club have been linked with Leandro Damiao and Pablo Osvaldo however neither have come to fruition and it will be an area they will want to strengthen before the end of the window.
Whatever, happens in the remainder of the transfer window, Pochettino had improved the squad greatly and as he continues to imprint his managerial beliefs on the team many will be expecting to see the Saints push on once again.