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Is Mauricio Pochettino Ready to Replicate His Southampton Success At Another EPL Club This Summer?

Fourteen months ago when Nigel Adkins was dismissed by Southampton and replaced by the Argentine former manager of Espanyol, critics came out of the woodwork to condemn the move by the club.

Former Chief Executive Nicola Cortese rebuilt Southampton from the depths of despair. He brought the club back to the top flight from League One in a relatively short period of time while building a sustainable business model.

His links with clubs throughout the continent helped bring in under-the-radar talent to the south coast while working hard to develop English talent at the club. At the beginning of last season, Nigel Adkins was retained as manager to get the club successive promotions and when the team hit a rough patch last season after returning to the Premier League, Cortese courageously sacked Adkins.

The decision was unpopular but Mauricio Pochettino proved an inspired choice and one directly tied to Cortese who has since left the club. But Pochettino has stayed, and the Saints have become the story in English football, developing a young core of domestic players unlike any other top-flight side.

The Argentine who still struggles with English has become the greatest manager at developing young domestic talent in the country. The big question now is will Southampton be able to keep the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, James Ward-Prowse and others around if they will also lose their manager?

With a likely vacancy at Spurs coming this summer and potential openings at Arsenal or other top clubs, the Argentinian can point very clearly to his successes he’s had in developing players. He also took a side on the brink of relegation last season, steered them to safety and then brought them into the top half the next season with minimal fuss or overhaul of the squad.

At only forty-two and with improving English language skills, the Southampton manager could be a long-term solution for any number of clubs who are seeking stability and a coach that works well with younger players.

For more Southampton news, analysis and opinion, visit the Southampton team page.


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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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