Nicola Cortese: From Sinner to Saint

Saturday 13th April 2013 10:49

Nicola Cortese: Winning over Southampton fans

Nicola Cortese: Winning over Southampton fans

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Southampton FanZoner Oliver Chanot believes Nicola Cortese has proven he is the right man to make the decisions at St Mary's.

It has been almost three months since Nicola Cortese made one of the biggest decisions in his time as Southampton chairman.

Nigel Adkins was relieved of his duties as manager and was immediately replaced by a coach by the name of Mauricio Pochettino, a man who only had three years managing experience behind him, and on top of that didn't speak a word of English.

It was hard to find anyone who saw the decision in a positive manner. Saints fans across the country were furious with Cortese, convinced we had found ourselves the right person to manage our side in Nigel Adkins, who had led us from League One to the greatest league in the world.

His last game was a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where we came from two goals down to claim a vital point towards safety. His traditional applause to the away section was to be his last, and the end of his era at Southampton.

The mood in the South had changed from optimistic in the fight to survival, to losing faith in the club we love and treasure, and there was only one name on everyone's lips to blame, Mr Nicola Cortese.

He was getting a reputation of doing things without considering the fans - and this may be the case still - but in my opinion he is doing the best for the best club in the South of England.

Pochettino may not be a fan favourite as much as Adkins, but that will come in time, as will his level of English.

He has led us to three wins on the bounce, including shock results against Chelsea and Liverpool, but also a vital three points at Reading, who are now led by our old manager.

Cortese may do things differently to others, but from what he has done so far, he has got a brain on him, and one that seems to be the right one behind the club.

I am confident that if we can get a few more points, then we can stay up.

I would like to thank Adkins for what he did when he was us - he will never be forgotten - but would also like to say that me and many other Southampton supporters are fully behind Pochettino and will always be singing our team on.

Hopefully we will be supporting the great red and white side in the Premier League again next year.

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