New Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident that he will have no problems with winning the fans over following his shock appointment at St Mary’s.
The Argentinean arrived at the club on Friday, just hours after the surprise dismissal of Nigel Adkins, who having previously led the club to consecutive promotions had become a massive favourite on the South Coast.
Despite the Saints currently sitting in the lower reaches of the table, they had been on a good run of form and recently proved their team spirit by battling back from two goals down to draw away at Chelsea.
However, it wasn’t enough for ambitious owner Nicola Cortese and he believes Pochettino is the man to take the club forward. The fans, however feel differently and plenty of punters who bet on football have backed them to go down in the wake of Adkins’ dismissal.
The 40-year-old represented his country 20 times and is perhaps most famous amongst English fans as the man who gave away the penalty during the Three Lions’ 1-0 victory over Argentina at the 2002 World Cup.
Before his appointment he was previously out of work following his dismissal by Spanish club Espanyol, but is still held in high regard around Europe and has now promised to prove his worth at St Mary’s.
“I am very happy to be here in this amazing weather,” the 40-year-old joked to Premier League betting news reporters. “It happened quickly, small details are not important, it’s important I’m here at this project and club.
“They have done really well in the Premiership. In Spain we follow it closely. I am a great admirer of English football and am happy to be here.
“The challenge is to be part of this project, the kindness of the supporters is the biggest challenge I have. The fans are the biggest part of this club and I hope I can convince them with honest and hard work,” he added.