Southampton have not made a good start to the season, and with just 4 points from their first 9 league games, they must be considered relegation candidates this year, after getting successive promotions under Nigel Adkins, who came in to replace Alan Pardew two years ago last August.
Alan Shearer – will he want the Southampton job?
Alan was linked with the opening at Blackburn Rovers, but will not get that job, and the latest we heard was that the Indian owners were going after a big name personality – Diego Armando Maradona, although whether he would be very good in England as a manager we have out doubts – although the entertainment value would be very good if the World Cup two years ago is anything to go by – when he managed Argentina.
Southampton have not done well in the league but the 3-0 defeat on Tuesday night at Leeds United in the Capital One Cup could have put Nigel’s job in danger, and once again Alan is being linked with the manager’s job, at another of his former clubs.
However, it could be better for Southampton that they are out of the Cup since presumably they don’t want to repeat what Birmingham did a couple of seasons ago and win the thing by playing their first team in the competition, and at the same time being relegated from the Premier League.
Alan came in on April Fool’s day in 2009 on his white horse to try to save his local club from relegation, but despite trying with everything he had, he was unable to save us, and collected just 5 points from the 8 games, and he’s been back at the BBC on Match of the Day since then, in the coziness of the BBC studio.
Alan did want to stay on as Newcastle manager, but once we heard he had demanded £20M for new players after our relegation, it was obvious he’s not the kind of manager owner Mike Ashley was after, given the revenues the next year were cut by more than half and Mike was unwilling to spend big money on Newcastle.
It seems that Southampton will not make an immediate move to fire Adkins, who has great record since joining the south coast club in September two years ago – 110 games played, won 63, drew 19 and lost 28 – for a win percentage of 57.27.
But there are signs that Chairman Nicola Cortese is getting a little nervous, because obviously the club wants to stay in the Premier League this season – and they should be a Premier League club too.
But turning to Shearer, who has much less experience than Nigel Adkins could be a risky move, although we’re sure the Southampton fans would welcome Shearer back with open arms.
Alan does have 8 games fighting relegation with Newcastle, but just think what happens if he takes over and they get relegated – that wouldn’t look good.
But if Alan is willing to be at Southampton and really wants to get back into management, and we have our doubts on that, Southampton are a great club, and it would seem an excellent place for Alan to resume his so far very short career in football management.
But he’d have to give up the comfort of that chair in the BBC studios and enter the real world of football – and it’s not easy in football management, that’s for sure.
What do you think?
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