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2011/12 Season Preview: Southampton



VitalWatford take a look at the penultimate Championship new-boys for 2011/12, Southampton...

Gaffer: Former Scunthorpe boss, Nigel Adkins. Despite only taking over at St Mary`s last season following the early sacking of Alan Pardew the former Iron physio turned gaffer guided the Saints comfortably back to the second-tier at the first-time of asking.

Position 10/11: 2nd in League One. Southampton did as they were expected to, returning to the Championship after a brief absence of two seasons.

In:Jack Cork (Chelsea, undisc.) and Steve De Ridder (De Graafschap, undisc.).

Out: Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town, undisc.) and Anthony Pulis (Released).

Star Man: Forward Rickie Lambert, who has a touch of the Grant Holt`s about him. Hardly lean, but definitely mean, the 1m paid to Bristol Rovers two season ago to bring the Scouse forward south looks ridiculously good business with 51 goals from 90 Saints appearances to date.

Best Business: Bringing culture midfielder Jack Cork to the club from Chelsea looks a sterling piece of work from Adkins.

The son of crazy-gang F.A Cup winning side, Alan, Cork Jnr, has great vision, touch and a good passing range and will add class to the South Coast outfit`s midfield.

Prediction: In the Play-off hunt. As mentioned multiple times in these previews, there are some excellent sides in the Championship this year and I fully expect Southampton to be one of those chasing a top-six spot.
The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 3 2011

Time: 3:06PM

Your Comments

I like Adkins and at the time of the sacking of Boothroyd thought he would have made an ideal replacement.
ANDY710
Yeah I would agree, but we aren't in the habit of paying compensation for managers.
wfc123
 

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