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The 47-year-old insists that his relationship with chairman Nicola Cortese is healthy and expects no repercussions despite his side having lost all four league games so far

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has dismissed suggestions that he might be fearing for his job, despite Saints' poor start to the season.

The south coast side have lost all four of their Premier League matches so far, including a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Arsenal last time out at the Emirates Stadium.

But Adkins insists he is unconcerned by media speculation over his future and backed things to improve following a run which has seen his side meet last season’s top three already.

"It doesn't affect me," he told reporters. "I don't read the newspapers. I've got a great working relationship with the chairman here at Southampton and we share a common goal.

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"We've had a great couple of seasons and there is stability here at Southampton so we don't even think about things like that.

"I have got my own desire to keep winning games of football because we have that winning mentality here at Southampton. There is a desire that we keep being strong and improving.

"I think if you're looking over your shoulder thinking 'Well, if I don't win this one' your mind is going to be affected in different ways so I don't even think about that.

"At some stage in the future, like in every job, there will be a parting of ways a long way down the line.

"All we are doing [right now] is concentrating on what we're doing. There is stability at Southampton, we're bringing the youth players through the system.

"We have just played Manchester United and Arsenal and they would have had difficult spells, but they kept stability and that is why they have been successful."

"Manchester United and Arsenal would have had difficult spells but they kept stability and that is why they have been successful"
- Nigel Adkins

The Birkenhead-born boss also stressed that his relationship with chairman Nicola Cortese is healthy and feels that both parties have the club's best interests at heart.  

"We don't need to talk about it," he continued. "We have a really good dialogue, contrary to what many people believe.

"We have an excellent working relationship and we share the same common goal; we want Southampton Football Club to do well.

"We know there needs to be stability, we know there needs to be support. We drive each other on. There is nothing wrong with that."

Finally, the 47-year-old revealed that his players' attitude in training has provided plenty of encouragement as the newly-promoted side seek their first win of the season.

"We have got to embrace the challenge of being in the Premier League," he said.

"This is where the best are and we have to go outside that comfort zone and feel that pain if you want to be the best.

"It has been a great week's training. There is a steely resolve about the players, there is a hunger. We have learned some good lessons already and there is a lot of belief about we've done."

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