By Graham Ruthven
The arrival of a new manager can be enough to galvanize an ailing side. It’s dubbed ‘the new manager effect’, and its place in the Premier League playbook is well established.
However, Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival at Southampton came in different, less uncertain circumstances. He took over at a club that didn’t need a new manager or its effect.
Before Nigel Adkins was sacked, Southampton were on a five game unbeaten run. The defensive errors that had offset their fine attacking play earlier in the season were being eradicated. His dismissal was surprising as Southampton were adjudged to have turned the corner, finally moving off the bottom of the Premier League table.
Yet in just a handful of games, Pochettino, formerly of Espanyol, has made incredible progress at Southampton.
Pochettino found a squad in Southampton capable of the style and brand of football he favours. Wholesale changes weren’t necessary. Instead the Argentine has merely tweaked what Adkins left before him.
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