After only being appointed this year as manager of Southampton Football Club – Nigel Pearson has been sacked by the South Coast side.
Nigel Pearson – sacked as Southampton manager
Southampton have named former Dutch World Cup star Jan Poortvliet as their new manager, and it is being reported the 52 year-old will be joined at St Mary’s by countryman Mark Wotte.
The move comes after manager Nigel Pearson was told his contract will not be renewed, despite the former Newcastle coach doing the job as he dramatically secured Southampton’s Championship status at the end of last season, when they won their very last game 3-2 at home against Sheffield United.
Chairman Michael Wilde told the club’s official website, www.saintsfc.co.uk:
“We are extremely grateful for Nigel’s contribution. He came to the club at a time of crisis and through his hard work and commitment we were able to avoid relegation on the last day.”
“However, the board have been looking closely at the situation on the playing side of the club whereby we are inevitably going to have to depend to a large extent on the quality of our youngsters in the academy and the reserve team.”
“Our view on that was we would need to adopt a European-style coaching system comprising head coach, with the objective of linking the academy to the first team.”
“The board believe this will create opportunities for our younger players, which might not occur within the traditional English management structure”
It’s the old case of thanks, but no thanks.
While we’d be surprised if he’d accept it, we wouldn’t be surprised if Kevin Keegan phones up Nigel and offers Nigel his coaching job back at the club.