Nigel Pearson Sacked As Southampton Manager

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,

“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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Ian

    May 30, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    He is a good bloke, I feel sorry for him.


    May 30, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Bad for him and I hope he will get a job rather soon than later…but we already have a good 2nd team coach and there’s no need to take NIGEL back…

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 30, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3
  • Tim_Toon

    May 30, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Who cares? It says nothing about Turan lol


    May 30, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    I guess they talk about EMRE being very important for turkey…but I do not understand a single word to be honest 😉

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 30, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    the bit about ahmed bulut and transferrin worrys me, i dont want emre to leave

  • Callum

    May 30, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Fuuny – As soon as he goes our defence improves with him being replaced by hughton 🙂

  • broon ale

    May 30, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    i have a feeling pearson was the “toon insider” the southern media used to talk of. Its funny when he left the stories were less frequent.

  • Black and White Blood

    May 30, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    What did we actually achieve whilst he was here….NOTHING! Why in gods name would we want this man back here – I’d rather have Beardsley!

  • Geordie Nick

    May 30, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    well i for one would be very suprised if kk offered him his job back, and very disapointed, he was supposedly a defensive coach and we let in more goals than ever when he was here, useless in my opinion

  • Leo

    May 30, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    hahahahaa look at the way their chairman is trying to put him in a good light instead of saying it like it is

  • Gordon

    May 30, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Mediocre player and manager and our players performances improved almost the moment he left the club. No way would I want him back.

  • Rem

    May 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    My turkish isnt that good, GS would know beta, but it says ahmet bulut it saying the window is opne till 31 august and alot could happen. so he is stirring up S*** again. i hate him, we are probly not in for turan, he did the same with nihat, we were never after him.

    I think he says, there is still a chance that emre can go to fenerbahce, which is rubbish as he wouldnt go there.

    I think it says there have been a lot of rumors about emre

  • bailey

    May 30, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Why on earth would you make a suggestion like that.
    Love this website but sometimes you really are on a different planet.

  • Jesus of Nazareth

    May 30, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Good enough for the tw@t, I remember him being interviewed after a game when he was covering before KK was appointed and the interviewer asked him several times if he wanted to stay and he was more than evasive. Gave the impression he really didn’t want to be here. As others have pointed out the defence improved ten fold when he left.

  • ToonKing

    May 30, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Nigel Who ??? oh yeah the Fat Bloke’s assistant right ??

  • Jeff

    May 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #17

    If Nigel Pearson cared at all about NUFC he certainly didnt show it. Good riddance – id be gutted if we got him back. He did nothing for our defence and never seemed to care less if we were winning or losing. Then had alot of bad things to say about the club in the press when we sacked Allardyce.

  • Nick Dryden

    May 30, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Pearson is just an old fashioned centre half who kicked people up in the air. Not exactly a Beckenbauer and certainly not someone who could bring on kids technically like Southampton seem to have done with this Dutch appointment. It’s brilliant that we are investing in youth but we really need foreign coaches to develop them technically or they will not progress at all.

  • Bill F

    May 30, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #19

    He reminds me of that priest in Father Ted who was so boring that minutes were like hours and made Ted and Dougal want to top themselves. Hardly the life and soul of the locker room.
    No wonder the players were uninspired with him and SA.


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