Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread (feat. Joel - THE RIGHT ONE)
The only conclussion that I can draw from this move is that the owner much be a huge fan of Pochettino, because otherwise this sacking/appointment makes no sense at all. Southampton were in good form and seemed as though they were more likely to get away from the relegation zone than fall back into it. The accepted wisdom is that when you sack/lose a manager in the middle of a season, it can either go very well (as when Di Matteo was sacked by West Brom and replaced with Hodgson) or go very badly (as when Owen Coyle left Burnley and was replaced by Brian Laws). The trajectory of the season can change entirely based off the new manager, and as highly regarded as Pochettino, any time a manager comes in to a new team, there's the possibility of things going wrong, and even if it is just a slow start, that might be enough for Southampton to be dragged back into the relegation zone come the end of the season. And I cannot fathom why an owner would gamble with a clubs future like that in the middle of the season, unless of course he is a huge admirer of Pochettino and decided it was worth the gamble to bring him in.